Pollard broke the law and more than paid his price. Does the punishment here fit the crime? Not quite.
Was Pollard truly guilty of treason?
Not according to the US Constitution!
Yet some of you are asking for Pollard to be hanged, gassed or electrocuted. You say "bury the guy."
I think a living hell - 20 years of rotting away in a small cement cage is a much more severe sentence for helping a friend. But you really continue to seek more blood from an ally. Why?
I believe the crimes of a few US Presidents (i.e. - Nixon authorizing Watergate) were much more severe. Screwing their own country with unlimited power and not spending one day in prison. Nixon had a pardon, but a Jew who supports Israel? No way!
Pollard was wrong. But the United States and Israel were far worse for having and continuing to use Pollard as a symbol of US arrogance. Keeping Pollard in prison beyond any jail sentence that any real foreign enemy may have committed is not justice; it's an aberration of politics between friends. It's despicable.
When I wear an Israel Defense Forces uniform and watch my comrades bleed, we bleed for the citizens of Israel and all who believe in democracy, liberty and justice. We fight on the front line of Islamic terrorism against those who would destroy our homes and families in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, New York and Washington.
Pollard never took aim at the US but rather did what negligent US intel guys failed to do - help a friend.
If your parents or children live in Chicago, Seattle or Dallas and you were working abroad for another government and had information that nuclear tipped missiles were being readied to vaporize those cities, to murder your children, family and friends - what would you do?
It is we - here in Israel who face a second holocaust if we fail to protect ourselves against thousands of missiles from Syria and Iran with payloads of toxic chemicals awaiting to be released. We don't see Canada or Mexico aiming at the US. Our situation here in the Middle East, protecting US oil interests, is a little bit more severe.
You are not keeping Pollard in prison - you are keeping Israel in prison.
Its all about control.
And you never "control" a friend.
What the US is doing to Pollard by going beyound any reasonable and just punishment is called alienation.
Ok, sure, Israel gets 3 billion dollars a year but most of that money goes right back into the bank accounts of US corporations. It's called Pentagon Capitalism.
And the US threats continue: "if you don't dance exactly to our step, we will take away that money."
Let me remind all in this forum - Israel was created without the assistance of the United States. Not one bullet, not one US troop came over to fight - just a few verbal words of support from Truman - who braved to say what many would never dream of articulating in 1948. Why make enemies with your Arab oil buddies...
But the picture is a whole lot different today after September 11th 2001. Those Arab oil friends took the most lethal hit at the US since US ally Great Britan burned down the White House in 1812. And Rudy never took the bribe at Ground Zero from Saudi Arabia.
It's reality check time.
Stop screwing your friends.
Today the IDF and the US armed forces are one.
Let's keep it that way, but please remember - Israel was alone in 1948 and was alone when Pollard passed on information to Israel to protect my family here from Scud missiles carrying clouds of chemicals.
Where was US Intel in 1984? Where is "with liberty and justice for all?"
The US and Israeli governments should be ashamed of themselves for contining this travesty of justice.
Does the CIA spy on Israel?
Does Israel know of these activities?
Should Israel take action?
Can we please separate spy games from justice. It's time we end this depressing chapter of "friendly fire."
I wonder what Pollard will eat for lunch today in his small cage?
But then again for many in this room, why even think of it when you can go to Killington and Stowe and take in some good skiing, Hilton Head for golf and take the kids to Disneyworld.
It's easier to forget Pollard.
We in Israel will not.