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US Won’t Let Pollard Out of Country for Five Years

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Jonathan Pollard will be a free man in November, but not totally free.

His supporters were happy to hear this week that parole will be granted in November, but hopes that he would move to Israel were squelched by the Obama administration.

The White House said that Pollard had committed “very serious crimes” and Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council added:

The president has no intention of altering the terms of Mr. Pollard’s parole.

Parolees are not allowed to leave the United States for five years without permission

Pollard was convicted for providing Israel with sensitive classified information. but spy charges were dropped. Nevertheless, prosecutors equated his crime with those of some of America’s most notorious spies.

Obama administration officials deny that Pollard’s pending release is tied to the nuclear deal with Iran, which Israel vociferously tried to prevent. The American government previously has tried to use Pollard as a wild card to tempt Israel into serious concessions to the Palestinian Authority.

In November, Pollard will have served 30 years in jail, making him automatically eligible for parole and switching the burden of proof from those appealing for an early release to prosecutors to provide evidence why he should not be freed.

Movie Based on Pollard Case to be Produced by Jackal Group

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group is developing a feature film based on the case of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, Deadline Hollywood reported.

The announcement came following the news that Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison for passing top-secret information to the Israelis, will be paroled in November.

The film will be based on Martin Blank’s play “The Law Of Return,” about Pollard’s work for the US Navy, and the process of his becoming a spy. Blank will write the script, Berman and SVP Film Development’s Rory Koslow are producing for Jackal Group.

Martin Blank is the author of 10 plays.”The Law of Return” was produced at Center Stage Theater, Jerusalem, and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.

His one-act comedy, Avenue of the Americas, was produced Off Broadway at the Tank Theater. He has received new play commissions from the American Jewish Theater, Theatre Ariel, and the Georgetown Theatre Company.

Blank has served as Artistic Associate for the American Jewish Theatre.

Gail Berman used to be President of Paramount Pictures. Before joining Paramount, she was President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.

Caroline Glick on Jonathan Pollard

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Netanyahu Tells Pollard’s Wife ‘We Look Forward to his Release’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Jonathan Pollard’s wife, Esther, on Tuesday evening, July 28. Netanyahu called her, following the news that an American parole board had unanimously approved the release from prison of Jonathan Pollard this November.

Netanyahu said: “After decades of effort, Jonathan Pollard will finally be released. Throughout his time in prison, I consistently raised the issue of his release in my meetings and conversations with the leadership of successive U.S. administrations. We are looking forward to his release.”

Pollard, a former U.S. intelligence analyst, had been serving a life sentence for spying on behalf of Israel. He was imprisoned in 1985. He is scheduled to be released this November 21.

Pollard was eligible for mandatory parole after serving thirty years in prison. As of this fall, he has completed those thirty years.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Paroled in November

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Jonathan Pollard is expected to be freed November 20, according to a decision by the U.S. Parole Commission, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked confirmed Tuesday.

U.S. media, however, are reporting that Pollard is to be released on November 21. He is the only American citizen ever sentenced to life in prison for spying on behalf of a U.S. ally.

Regardless of which date it is, the White House said in a statement there was “no link” between the decision and the Iranian nuclear deal with the U.S.-led delegation of world powers, or “any other ongoing foreign policy matter,” according to The Hill.

There has been much speculation in media circles as to whether the Pollard “ace in the hole” was pulled in order to sweeten the bitter Iranian nuclear pill that President Barack Obama shoved down Israel’s throat. If so, it’s not likely to win the game: an ace in the hole cannot match an existential threat.

Pollard, 60, received a sentence of life in prison that lasted 30 years on a single count of passing classified information to an ally. He was arrested in 1985 and convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel.

In accordance with parole board regulations, Pollard must remain in the United States for the next five years, his attorney said. President Barack Obama could allow him to move to Israel sooner if he so chooses, however.

The former Israeli agent is not in good health; he underwent surgery in March 2014 for problems with his gall bladder, kidneys and intestines. In December 2014, Pollard lost consciousness and was again hospitalized. His current health status is reportedly stable.

Rumsfeld Objects to Pollard’s Release

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday rejected news stories that said convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is slated to be paroled this year. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for selling classified information to Israel.

Rumsfeld tweeted on Monday: “Releasing spy Jonathan Pollard doesn’t make the #IranDeal any less of a disaster for Israel & the free world.”

In his next tweet, Rumsfeld posted a letter from 1998 and a memo from 2001 asking presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush respectively not to release Pollard. The letter from 1998 was signed by seven former defense secretaries: Donald Rumsfeld, Melvin R. Laird, Frank C. Carlucci, Richard Cheney, Caspar Weinberger, James Schlesinger and Elliot Richardson.

In the 2001 memo, Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Rumsfeld called freeing Pollard “enormously damaging to our efforts to keep spies out of our government.”

US, Israel Quell Pollard Release Rumors, Deny Link to Iran Deal

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Rumors that former Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard may be released from prison – either within the next few weeks, or on parole if the parole board sees fit to release him at its hearing in November – have no connection with U.S.-Israeli discussions about the nuclear deal with Iran.

That is what Washington is saying, and it is what Israeli politicians are repeating.

The U.S. Justice Department said the terms of Pollard’s sentence require that he be released after 30 years unless the government can prove that he violated rules in prison or is likely to commit additional crimes.

In a statement issued Friday, Marc Raimondi said, “The Department of Justice has always and continues to maintain that Jonathan Pollard should serve his full sentence for the serious crimes he committed, which in this case is a 30-year sentence as mandated by statute.”

However, the White House rejected the idea that it was using Pollard’s release as a wedge to pressure Israel to back off on the Iranian nuclear issue.

“There is absolutely zero linkage between Mr. Pollard’s status and foreign policy considerations,” said National Security Council spokesperson Alistair Baskey at a briefing Friday.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked supported the statement, telling local television Channel 2 news on Saturday night, “There is no political or diplomatic involvement here… It is an American legal procedure: the parole commission needs to approve his release from prison after 30 years,” she explained.

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, there are numerous reports that the U.S. may release Pollard before the date of his parole hearing. However, not one official or politician has confirmed those rumors on or off the record.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-israel-quell-pollard-release-rumors-deny-link-to-iran-deal/2015/07/25/

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