“The release of the Jewish American intelligence analyst – who was convicted of spying on Israel’s behalf and sent to prison 28 years ago – has become a rallying call for many Israelis in recent years. Some 200,000 Israelis have signed a petition for Pollard’s release.” – The Times of Israel, July 22nd, 2013.
Well, where do we start! Firstly, Jonathan Pollard caused catastrophic damage to U.S. security interests. So severe in fact, that the U.S. has never divulged the full extent of it.
The information he passed to Israel was provided to the Russians in order, we are told, to enable Jews to leave Russia and emigrate to Israel. It may also have been sold to others, and included a 10-volume manual comprehensively detailing America’s global electronic surveillance network.
According to an article by Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker Magazine on January 18th, 1999, which was reproduced by Free Republic on November 22nd, 2001 (link below), “A number of officials strongly suspect that the Israelis repackaged much of Pollard’s material and provided it to the Soviet Union in exchange for continued Soviet permission for Jews to emigrate to Israel. Other officials go further, and say there was reason to believe that secret information was exchanged for Jews working in highly sensitive positions in the Soviet Union. A significant percentage of Pollard’s documents, including some that described the techniques the American Navy used to track Soviet submarines around the world, was of practical importance only to the Soviet Union. One longtime C.I.A. officer who worked as a station chief in the Middle East said he understood that “certain elements in the Israeli military had used it” – Pollard’s material – “to trade for people they wanted to get out,” including Jewish scientists working in missile technology and on nuclear issues… The officials stressed the fact that they had no hard evidence – no “smoking gun,” in the form of a document from an Israeli or a Soviet archive – to demonstrate the link between Pollard, Israel, and the Soviet Union, but they also said that the documents that Pollard had been directed by his Israeli handlers to betray led them to no other conclusion.”
Pollard received a life sentence in 1987, and Israel has gone to considerable lengths in trying to have him freed, even conferring Israeli citizenship on him in 1995 even though it didn’t acknowledge receiving any information from him until 1998.
The United States is hardly likely to hand over a man who has caused them so much irreparable damage, including the loss of human assets and the betrayal to its enemies of military and intelligence-gathering systems costing many billions of dollars to produce.
It is significant that both Republican and Democratic Presidents have consistently rebuffed Israeli advances in this respect.
And, equally as damning, in my opinion, is the brazen nerve of the Israelis to demand an “incentive” in order to sit down at the peace table.
Israel enjoys overwhelming conventional military superiority in the Middle East, and is the only nuclear-armed state in the region. Tel Aviv holds all the cards, and if Israel truly wanted peace, then peace there would be.
Instead, what is left of what used to be Palestine is under brutal military occupation, including ethnic cleansing, house demolitions, and collective punishment.
Thousands of civilians, men, women, and children, have died at the hands of the “Jewish state” over the years.
That is because Israel does not want peace, it wants land. In fact, it is the only country in the world to refuse to define its borders. It cynically dresses up its desire for more land, and for the forced removal of its occupants, as “self-defence”, or even “justice”, even as its military commits the most grievous crimes against internationally-recognized human rights norms as a matter of policy.
And they have the nerve to demand the release of a monster such as Pollard as an “incentive” to sit down and talk?
How stupid do they think we are…
See the “Times of Israel” story here.
See the Free Republic reproduction of Seymour Hersh’s article here.
See Wikipedia’s extensive entry on Jonathan Pollard here.