I am Jewish American and a very strong supporter of Israel.
But I am not an Israeli. And I have no sympathy for Jonathan Pollard nor any wish that he be set free.
Jonathan Pollard is a spy. Espionage is a capital offense. He is lucky to be serving a life sentence. Why his sentence allows him mandatory parole after 30 years is unclear to me. Then it’s not really a life sentence, is it?
That he spied for an ally makes little difference. Israel is a foreign country, with entirely different interests than ours. What happens to our secrets when they are given to Israel is beyond our control and could be harmful to the United States.
What if Israel shares the information with another country seen, at least for the moment, as friend to them but which is hostile toward us?
I don’t make distinctions when it comes to spies.
Pollard says he was motivated by his love for Israel, but, um, he was also paid about $50,000 for his enthusiasm and was on tap to get much more. He is a treasonous rat.
Pollard is being viewed as a White House offering to the Israelis to placate them amid their anger over the Iran deal. The administration denies this, saying the parole is mandatory.
I’m willing to bet the Iran deal plays a part in this. The administration can oppose Pollard’s release by arguing that he violated prison rules or is likely to commit additional crimes. The Justice Department should be doing everything it can think of to keep him in jail. Instead, it has signaled that it will do nothing.
And that is a great shame.