It's hard to imagine the US being interested in this. If we are, someone has to explain to me the sudden interest in establishing terrorist states in the middle east.
It is not in Israel's strategic interests to permit the release of a politically popular and charismatic terrorist.
It is not in the propaganda interests of that slippery weasel Pollard to juxtapose his name with Barghouti's in any deal - although ultimately I suspect he would do anything to anyone to secure release.
No it can't be true. Or can it?
The horse of the US Adminstration in this race is M Abbas. If they think releasing Barghouti would aid Abbas in handling the extremists in Fatah and Hamas they really need some cerebral transplants at the State Dept.
Or haven't they noticed that there is an internal struggle within the Fatah movement? (Incompetence galore)
Anyway, could the President really afford to upset his core supporters yet again?
Substitute "some State Dept. officials" for "the U.S." and we may be on the trail.
Give us Bar Abbas
John 18:40 They shouted back, No, not him! Give us Barabbas! Now
Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.
Pollard saved lives. Iran's nuclear reactor was destroyed as a result of the information that Pollard shared. His act was a crucial positive for the free world.
By contrast, Barghouti is a terrorist leader. They are not equivalent. Pollard has served a longer term than any of those who have shared information with enemies of the U.S. Pollard shared information not with a U.S. enemy, but with a U.S. ally, Israel, which supports the U.S. enthusiastically because of a shared set of democratic, freedom-loving values. Barghouti represents values that bring the world woe and destruction.
Stupid idea. They're both criminals. Keep them both in jail.