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Report: Netanyahu to Link Freeing Terrorists with Pollard

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will demand from President Barack Obama that he free Jonathan Pollard from jail as a condition for the next scheduled release of Palestinian Authority terrorists, according to Israel’s Channel 2 television.

The office of the Prime Minister has not commented on the report, which did not quote a specific source. Channel 2 also is not always accurate in some of its exclusive reports, and Channel 10 responded with a quote from the White House that there is no connection between Pollard and this past weekend’s report that  the United States spied on former Israeli prime ministers.

Israel leaders have jumped on the report to proclaim that the United States cannot justify spying on Israel while keeping Pollard behind bars. He was sentenced to life in jail for releasing classified documents, but he was not convicted for spying.

Pollard in the past has said he is adamantly opposed to being used as an excuse to free terrorists.

Netanyahu Changes to Harsher Tone on US Spying

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has gone from “soft” to “harsh” in his calculated reaction to revelations that the National Security Agency spied on former Israel prime ministers.

Apparently feeling in a minority amid the reactions of insults and rage to the idea that the United States would spy on its ally, which is what every country does these days, the Prime Minister stated, “In the close relationship between Israel and the United States, there are things which are forbidden to do, that are unacceptable to us.”

He also picked up the thread that has accompanied virtually every other Israeli reaction questioning how the Americans spy on Israeli prime ministers and justify keeping Jonathan Pollard in prison. Pollard was not convicted for spying but only for handing over for Israel’ use classified  Pentagon information on the Iraqi nuclear program.

Netanyahu told the Likud caucus Monday, “I met now with Esther Pollard and updated her on the non-stop efforts to win Jonathan’s release. He should have been released long ago. I think this is understood by everyone here and I believe it is also understood to an increasingly larger crowd in the United States.”

Hypocrisy’s Fury

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

About 18 months ago, I wrote another post about the ongoing injustice being done to Jonathan Pollard. Yes, Jonathan Pollard transferred classified information to Israel and, in doing so, broke a trust placed in him by the United States of America. Many have argued that America broke the trust first, keeping secrets from Israel that several agreements between the two countries mandated be shared. You can accept that – or not.

But it is amazing how ignorant people are and despite this ignorance, how forcefully they hold an opinion that Pollard deserves to rot in jail – as he has for 29 years. Never mind what the courts convicted him of, never mind the US bargain, never mind the facts.

The fact is, Pollard did not commit treason – nor was he EVER charged with treason. He was convicted of ONE crime, to which he pleaded guilty. That ONE crime typically gets something like 4-7 years (I think it was even less, but honestly after 29 years, what difference does it make?), for transferring classified information to an ally. Note that a life sentence for murder often means serving far less than Pollard has already served and those who have spied for enemies (Russia, for example), have all served less time.

But the truth of why Pollard must rot, was posted in a comment to me. And eighteen months later, that comment remains in my mind – and I have yet to answer it because each time I tried, I couldn’t find the balance I need to answer it with anything but anger. The comment was this:

It is really harmful to Jews in the Diaspora that some Israelis have elevated this man to hero status. He represents every anti-Semitic stereotype that we have to deal with: disloyal to his country, willing to do anything for money, morally self-righteous, convinced of his own intellectual superiority. Please, please, shut up about this man.

There you go – it isn’t what Pollard did – but that he embarrasses American Jews. “He represents every anti-Semitic stereotype that we have to deal with”…so writes yet another anonymous commentator who I can only assume is an American Jew.

Today, finally, I am free to answer – with all the anger well aimed at the hypocrisy of American Jews and more, of America itself.

You dare to hold Jonathan Pollard in prison for 29 years for spying on an ally…when you’ve been doing the same thing all along? Are you kidding?

I have nothing to say to the Obama administration – history will remember you for the farce you have created. History will remember the lies and betrayal – how you abandoned your allies and more.

But I will, finally, address my fellow Jews – we are brothers and sisters to each other and as a sister, I can tell you that you are losing your way. Day by day, you are losing your future as your children go further and further from the joint roots of our grandfathers.

But more, you betray our grandfathers by turning your backs on Pollard and on Israel. Jews have found a way to survive, to thrive, in the most unlikely of circumstances. There was one secret to this survival. Through the horrors of the centuries and all that was done to us, above all else, we remembered where we came from and who we are.

If the story of Jonathan Pollard is harmful to the Jews in the US, there is something wrong with you, not him. He saw that the US was not living up to its agreement to share intelligence reports – though Israel was in fact doing this. He took action – right or wrong…probably wrong…he made a mistake and has paid far and above anything that could be termed justice.

Former UN Envoy Richardson Calls for Pollard’s Release

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Bill Richardson, the former U.N. ambassador known for his efforts to release American captives overseas, called on President Obama to free Jonathan Pollard immediately.

In a Dec. 10 letter to Obama, whom he endorsed after dropping out of the 2008 presidential race, Richardson noted that an increasing number of figures involved in government when Pollard was given a 1987 life sentence for spying for Israel now believe his sentence should be commuted.

“In my view, there is no longer a need for a discussion today,” Richardson wrote. “Virtually everyone who was in a high position of government — and dealt with the ramifications of what Pollard did at the time — now support his release.”

Richardson, also the ex-governor of New Mexico, wrote that former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb placed much of the blame for Pollard’s lengthy incarceration on former Secretary of State Casper Weinberger’s negative views of Israel.

Noting in his letter that presidents traditionally consider commutations in time for the Christmas-New Year’s season, Richardson urged Obama to include Pollard among them.

Richardson, an energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations under President Bill Clinton, is known for negotiating the release of Americans held captive in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and Sudan.

He has been involved in the attempt to release Alan Gross, a State Department contractor, from a Cuban jail. Gross, of Maryland, has been imprisoned for four years after being arrested while trying to set up an Internet connection for the island’s tiny Jewish community.

Israeli Hollywood Producer Admits Helping Israel Develop Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The name of Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan is not a household name in the United States as it is in his native country, but many of his movies are.  Those movies include “Pretty Woman,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

And although it was whispered about, and even occasionally said out loud that Milchan was a spy for his native country, Milchan finally admitted out loud, on television, that he helped Israel purchase technologies in order to develop nuclear bombs.

The story came out in an interview aired Monday, Nov. 25, on Israel’s Channel 2.

“I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,” said Milchan, who ran a successful fertilizer company in Israel before hitting the big time as a movie producer in Hollywood.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises, at least for Americans, is that Milchan was recruited for his clandestine work by Shimon Peres who currently serves as Israel’s president.

Milchan was part of a special unit whose acronym was LAKAM.  Their mission was to secure the technology for Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. LAKAM was disbanded when it was compromised by the arrest of Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. Navy Intelligence Analyst who has been incarcerated in prison for 29 years for attempting to pass classified material to Israel.

New Regency is the name of Milchan’s production company, and it has more than 120 films under its belt.  Milchan has worked closely with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Robert De Niro.

De Niro, who appears in Israel’s Channel 2 interview, was asked whether he was aware of Milchan’s spying activities.

“I had heard but I wasn’t sure,” said De Niro. “I did ask him once, and he told me that he was an Israeli and of course he would do these things for his country.”

Rabbi Pesach Lerner on Pollard and Western Wall Tensions

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Yishai broadcasts from the General Assembly of the United Jewish Federations, for this segment, he kicks off talking to Rabbi Pesach Lerner, the Executive Vice President Emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel. Rabbi Lerner is the personal Rabbi of Johathan Pollard, a Jew who has been held in captivity in the United States for over 25 years and Rabbi Lerner gives an update on the condition of Pollard and special insight on his life. Yishai and Rabbi Lerner end by talking about Lerner’s participation in ensuring that tradition is upheld at the Western Wall.

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Pollard’s Op-Ed and Graduating to the Next Level in the New Year

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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Malkah joins Yishai to talk about how to explore breaking bad agreements with ourselves personally and as a nation. They move on to talk about Jonathan Pollard’s recently released op-ed, and end with how to graduate to the next level in the upcoming New Year.

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US Refuses Peace “Gesture” to Netanyahu, Pollard to Remain in Jail

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Israel Channel 2 reports that following the US demands that Israel release 82 Palestinian terrorists with blood on their hands as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority ahead of the peace talks, PM Netanyahu turned it around and requested from the US, that in exchange, the US should release Jonathan Pollard as a “gesture” to Israel, in order to help Netanyahu sell the release of these mass murderers to his cabinet, and at least be able to claim that Israel achieved something positive from these talks.

The US turned Netanyahu down.

Apparently the US is not prepared to make concessions, offer gestures, or take risks for peace. Only Israel is required to do that.

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