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Obama Facing Vocal Opposition to Freeing Pollard

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

President Barack Obama is taking it on the chin for the suggestion that the United States free Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel’s releasing terrorists and agreeing to a partial building freeze on building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria – all of this in order to keep Israel and Palestinian Authority on the diplomatic war path for another year.

Obama has repeatedly rejected any idea that Pollard be freed from his life punishment for passing on to Israel classified information during his work for the Pentagon.

Maybe the president is smoking something strange. He talked his way into office, and now he is doing a great job in proving he is not much of anything besides a  great orator and a brilliant comedian.

But his handling of “Pollard for terrorists and peace talks” is no joke.

It would be interesting which presidential advisers came up with the horrendous notion of freeing Pollard so Israel can free terrorists so John Kerry can talk  and talk.

Obama is ultimately responsible, as the buck stopped at his desk when he backed the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, backed the Muslim Brotherhood regime, backed the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime, backed military action against Syria and backed no military action in Syria.

It is a small wonder that an Associated Press poll released last week showed that only 59 percent, and not 89 percent, of Americans disapprove of the way he is running the country.

Even The New York Times would have a hard time coming up with an excuse for the immorality of deciding that Pollard can go free because the President of the United States thinks that the security of Americans is dependent on another year of tortured conversations between American mediators and negotiators for the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Dozens of American officials and former officials have said Pollard was dealt a fixed deck and an unfair trial.

Although anyone who knows how much or how little damage Pollard has done to the United States isn’t talking, perceptions are more important than the truth when it comes good ol’ American patriotism.

The Pollard episode, for whatever harm it may have done to the United States, did more harm to the American ego.

The revelation that Pollard worked as a double agent made him a traitor in the eyes of millions of Americans, and U.S. media still report he was convicted for “spying,” which is not true.

Obama showed some cold feet Tuesday, and White House press secretary Jay Carney said “no decision” has been made.

Criticism of freeing Pollard is coming from all quarters, including defense and intelligence officials, politicians and even a former Middle East negotiator.

“I think what he did is exceeded only by Edward Snowden,” Retired Adm. Thomas Brooks told Foreign Policy.

The Christian Science Monitor reported, “Pollard peddled secrets that included details of US spy satellites, analyses of foreign missile systems, and the extent of NSA surveillance of foreign governments.

“He reportedly offered material to South Africa, Argentina, and Taiwan, and was in touch with officials in Pakistan. Then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger testified in court that the US national security community suspects that much of what Pollard stole ended up with the Soviet Union, through the USSR’s own network of spies and moles.”

Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator for Republican and Democratic administrations, wrote in TIME Magazine, “Releasing Pollard… reflects the weakness and desperation of an administration that is presiding over a peace process not yet ready for prime time.

“What does the administration get for releasing Pollard — something none of its predecessors agreed to do? A final deal on Middle East peace? How about just an agreed framework to guide the negotiations? How about agreement on just one ball-busting-tough issue like borders or Jerusalem?

Egypt Charges Two Egyptians and Two Israelis with Spying

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Egyptian authorities said Tuesday they have charged two alleged Israeli Mossad intelligence agents and two Egyptians with plotting to spot on behalf of Israel by gathering information with “the intent of damaging national interests in exchange for money and gifts and sex.”

Egypt’s public prosecutor identified the Israelis as Samuel Ben Ze’ev and David Wisemen, but it was not clear if they still are in the country, Reuters reported. The prosecutor ordered that they, along with Egyptians Ramzy Mohammed and a woman named Sahar Ibrahim, “be sent to a Cairo criminal court for spying for the interests of the state of Israel.”

Mohammed was accused of “sleeping with women who work in Israeli intelligence” and recruiting Ibrahim to spy.

Gilad Shalit Calling for Jonathan Pollard’s Release

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit wrote in an open letter that all Israelis should demand that the United States free jailed spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

Israeli officials have said that the revelation over the weekend that the United States spied on at least two sitting Israeli prime ministers opens the door for Israel to demand the release of Pollard, who has served 29 years of a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

“After Israel has released terrorists with blood on their hands as a gesture to the Palestinians, a return gesture is all that is being requested,” Shalit said in his open letter. “I believe, and I think that like myself all of the People of Israel believe that the Prime Minister’s request for such a simple gesture, the release of Jonathan Pollard, is owed to us by right, and is not a favor,” he wrote.

“Please, everyone, join me, in a clear demand to our friends, the Americans: we have already freed scores of murderous terrorists with blood on their hands at your request – now it is your turn to make a gesture to us! It may even save Pollard’s life,” he wrote.

Shalit appeared to be reacting to reports, including one by Israel’s Channel 2, that Israel is linking a Pollard release to the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and will ask that Pollard’s release be linked to Israel’s release of Palestinian prisoners. The third group of prisoners is scheduled to take place at the end of the week. Channel 10 quoted White House officials as saying that freeing Pollard is not on up for discussion

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.

US Rented Apartment to Spy on Ehud Barak

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Ehud Barak's apartment in the exclusive Akirov Towers. It's an expensive neighborhood to rent in for a simple Marine.

Ehud Barak’s apartment in the exclusive Akirov Towers. It’s an expensive neighborhood to rent in for a simple Marine guard.

The US spy scandal goes from bad to worse according to a Yediot Achronot report that says the US rented an apartment across the street from then Defense Minister Barak, apparently to spy on him.

The apartment housed a single US Marine, whom Israeli Intelligence noted in 2007 had brought in an unusually large amount of electronic equipment into his apartment. The US claims the marine was simply an embassy guard.

In light of all the spying the US has been doing on Israel, Israeli officials have been calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard.

Witness Says He Saw Iran Arrest Robert Levinson

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

An American fugitive living in Iran told the Christian Science Monitor that  he saw six Iranian policemen “detain” Robert Levinson  in 2007.  The account by African-American Dawud Salahuddin contradicts years of denials by Iran that it was not involved with is disappearance.

The U.S. government also has consistently claimed that Levinson traveled to an Iranian Persian Gulf island as a private citizen despite new reports that confirm that the former Jewish FBI agent was working for the CIA when he landed in Iran.

Levinson has met with Salahuddin at a hotel on the resort island of Kish to recruit him as a source, the newspaper said. Salahuddin stated that plainclothes policemen “took me away, and when I left – we were down in the lobby – Levinson was surrounded by four Iranian police.”

Salahuddin spent the night in jail, and when he returned to the hotel the next day, he was told that Levinson has been taken away in custody.

Salahuddin “believes an arrangement may have been reached with Iran to secure Levinson’s release,” according to the Monitor. “So if he shows up in a three-piece suit, clean shaven, and brand new shoes in Muscat [Oman] in the next couple of days, I won’t be the least bit surprised.”

 

Iran Insists It Has ‘No Traces’ of Robert Levinson

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Iran knows nothing about the whereabouts of Robert Levinson, the former Jewish FBI agent who was last seen on an Iranian island in 2007. The American government said at the time he was on a private trip, but it has since been revealed he was working for the CIA.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, “What we know is that he is not incarcerated in Iran. If he is, he’s not incarcerated by the government and I believe the government runs the, pretty much, good control of the country.”

He said that if Levinson is found in Iran, the regime “will certainly discuss” returning him and added, “Everything’s possible but I’m saying that we have no traces of him in Iran.”

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