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Esther Pollard: Bush is Willing to Free Pollard This Week
Israel National News ^ | April 10th, 2006 | Esther Pollard

Posted on 04/11/2006 1:44:11 PM PDT by shield

Jonathan Pollard's wife Esther said this morning that U.S. President Bush is ready to free the imprisoned Israeli - but that Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert has to make the request.

Speaking on Channel Two's Monday morning television talk program, Esther Pollard said, "Someone who is very close to President Bush came to me last night and said that Bush is ready to free Jonathan even in time for the upcoming Passover holiday [which starts Wednesday night] - as long as Olmert makes an official request."

She said that the source with whom she spoke is "known very well to Mr. Olmert as trustworthy and having close ties with the U.S. President."

"I am willing to meet with Olmert even today," Mrs. Pollard said, "if he invites me, in order to give him the information I have."

A staffer in the Prime Minister's Office told Arutz-7 that such a meeting "would be considered" if Mrs. Pollard would turn to them and ask for one.

MK Uri Ariel also called on Olmert today to ask President Bush for Pollard's release.

The Committee to Free Jonathan Pollard faxed a letter to Olmert today, entitled, "Re: An Urgent Official Request to President Bush to Release Pollard." The committee writes, "According to the information we have, Bush is willing to respond favorably to a request of this nature, and is anticipating such a request from you."

The letter also noted that before the Moslem holy month of Ramadan, the United States freed 1,000 Iraqis as a good-will holiday gesture to the Sunnis.

"We are surprised," the Committee writes, "that you have not yet officially asked President Bush to free Jonathan Pollard as a Passover holiday gesture to the Jewish people... The fact that Israel, after 21 years, does not make an official and serious request for its agent's release in honor of the holiday gives the impression that we are not interested in him."

The Committee adds that Pollard has been imprisoned far longer than those who were freed after spying for the United States' enemies.

Jonathan Pollard was a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst in the 1980's when he came across information vital to Israel's security that was not being transferred to the Jewish state - contrary to an intelligence-sharing agreement between the U.S. and Israel. He then passed along the information to Israel, ultimately helping Israel to protect itself from Iraqi missiles. He was later caught while trying to find asylum in the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Despite a plea bargain agreement, he received a life sentence with no parole for an offense that usually nets 2-4 years. In failing health, Jonathan Pollard is now in his 21st year of that sentence.

Despite the wide exposure his cause has received, many in the Jewish community continue to view Pollard as a traitor who deserves to remain in prison. He continues to be accused of having caused major harm to U.S. interests, including endangering American agents in the Soviet Union.

However, it is now known that a central force behind the promulgation of this impression was the man who actually betrayed the said U.S. agents in Russia - CIA agent-turned-KGB mole Aldrich Ames. Ames, finally arrested for spying in 1994, revealed to the Russians the names of every American spy in the Soviet Union, leading to the execution of several of them. As former Justice Department attorney John Loftus has documented, it was Ames himself, before he was caught, who was assigned the task of preparing the damage assessment of Pollard's activities - and he used the opportunity to attribute to Pollard the crimes that he himself had committed.

Speaking with Channel Two today, Mrs. Pollard had harsh words for incoming Knesset Member Rafi Eitan, head of the Pensioners Party. The Pensioners won an unexpected seven Knesset seats in the recent election because of what is felt to be a protest vote by young and/or disenchanted voters. Eitan was Pollard's handler in the U.S. on behalf of the Mossad; Pollard charges that Eitan later held up a document that could have led to his release.

"He has shaken off his responsibility for Jonathan ever since the day of his capture," Mrs. Pollard said about Eitan today. She charged that Eitan once said that if he were present when Pollard tried to find asylum in the Israeli Embassy, he would have "shot him in the head, thus ending the Pollard affair before it even began."

Asked about Pollard last week, Eitan said only, "I would very much like to see this man go free." He has also been quoted as saying that he has worked for Pollard's release, and that he hopes that when he is appointed as Cabinet minister in Olmert's new government, he would be able to use his influence to have Pollard freed.

Jonathan Pollard himself told Maariv newspaper that Eitan "betrayed me and abandoned me for 21 years," and even testified falsely against him to the Americans.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: espionage; pollard
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Anyone heard of this?
1 posted on 04/11/2006 1:44:13 PM PDT by shield
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To: shield
First I've heard of it...


2 posted on 04/11/2006 1:45:27 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: shield

If bush does this I will be PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 04/11/2006 1:45:56 PM PDT by bigj00
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To: shield

What a pile of clinton.


4 posted on 04/11/2006 1:46:13 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: shield

What a pile of clinton.


5 posted on 04/11/2006 1:46:13 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: shield

Yup, been going on for a long time.


7 posted on 04/11/2006 1:47:42 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: shield

"Anyone heard of this?"

I thought we were previously will to discuss releasing Pollard if Israel admitted what he was doing on their behalf.


8 posted on 04/11/2006 1:48:41 PM PDT by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: shield

He'll only do it if they make a sizable contribution to the Clinton library.


9 posted on 04/11/2006 1:49:26 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: shield

why would Bush do this?

Just to p*ss off the base again?

this is getting insane, the guy is seemingly at war with his own core supporters.


10 posted on 04/11/2006 1:49:47 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Way before that. He's been in prison for twenty years, since the Reagan administration.


11 posted on 04/11/2006 1:50:36 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: dead

Wait a minute...clintoon can't pardon...why would Bush pardon so contributions could be given to bildabeast's library?


12 posted on 04/11/2006 1:51:43 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
he was imprisoned under Clinton.

Not true. Read the article more carefully:

In failing health, Jonathan Pollard is now in his 21st year of that sentence.

13 posted on 04/11/2006 1:52:28 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("Cynicism, is an unpleasant way of telling the truth" -- Lillian Hellman)
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To: shield

Won't happen.


14 posted on 04/11/2006 1:52:42 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: darkwing104

Maybe they were waiting for Weinberger to die.


15 posted on 04/11/2006 1:52:57 PM PDT by mseltzer
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To: shield

I don't believe this for a second. Seymour Hirsch wrote a devastating article about Pollard in the New Yorker a few years ago. The article was well received, which told me that there is no strong stomach among the Lefties (except the hardcore lefties) for fighting for Pollard. I would be very surprised if Bush freed him.


16 posted on 04/11/2006 1:53:16 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: shield; blackbag

The Case Against Johnathon Pollard
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/576453/posts

Why Pollard Should Never Be Released (The Traitor)
The New Yorker Magazine | :January 18, 1999, pp. 26-33 | SEYMOUR M. HERSH

Posted on 11/22/2001 7:32:44 PM PST by blackbag


17 posted on 04/11/2006 1:53:17 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: shield

"Anyone heard of this?" Nah, and I think it's news to President Bush too.


18 posted on 04/11/2006 1:53:23 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: gondramB

Maybe he wants to drop him in Teheran and have the Israelis pick him up there.


19 posted on 04/11/2006 1:53:29 PM PDT by battlecry
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To: Michael.SF.
In failing health, Jonathan Pollard is now in his 21st year of that sentence.

He's been on this planet 21 more years than he should have. We used to execute spies, and that's a tradition that should never have gone away.

20 posted on 04/11/2006 1:53:40 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: shield

What is it saying? That Pollard was not given the measly 2-4 years (LOL) because Aldrich Ames revealed the identities of American Agents in the Soviet Union? Is that to be read Pollard was accused of revealing the American agents through the Israelis, and thereby got the long sentence, but he and the Israelis were framed because the accuser was none other than Ames himself covering his own tracks?

Eh, interesting storyline for a novel. Anyway, he sold satellite photos no? How would he know anything about agents in the Soviet Union?

Fishy story, and vague.


21 posted on 04/11/2006 1:53:45 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: dfwgator
Now that's great to hear. I found this suggestion of him being pardoned a little wishful thinking on his wives part. I guess next Monday we'll all know.
22 posted on 04/11/2006 1:55:41 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
I believe he was imprisoned under Reagan......Clinton promised Netanyahu that if he went along with the Wye Plantation Accord then he would free Pollard.

At the last minute Clinton got the agreement from Bibi and then said......too bad. Pollard stays in prison.

23 posted on 04/11/2006 1:57:11 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Shermy

I found it to be confusing too.


24 posted on 04/11/2006 1:57:43 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: shield; dfwgator

Esther Pollard has been caught in lies like this before.


25 posted on 04/11/2006 1:57:52 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: linda_22003

Pollard arrested in 1985.


26 posted on 04/11/2006 1:59:49 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: shield

How come "life" never means "life". He's been convicted and no mitigating evidence has come out. He should be happy he didn't go the way of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg(sp?).


27 posted on 04/11/2006 2:00:20 PM PDT by blueminnesota
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To: Howlin
Esther Pollard has been caught in lies like this before.

OK...I've never followed this that closely..what I could remember is how many times someone mainly Israel has tried to get him released and every time that request has been turned down. So his wife is good at lying...nuff said. ;o)

28 posted on 04/11/2006 2:01:44 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: shield
So let me get this straight .. she is all excited that he COULD be released by Wed .. which is tomorrow if only she called the President first and asked .. but she hasn't done so


Oh yea .. I believe this story .... / heavy sarcasm >
29 posted on 04/11/2006 2:02:02 PM PDT by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: mseltzer

"Maybe they were waiting for Weinberger to die."

That is a very astute observation.


30 posted on 04/11/2006 2:02:33 PM PDT by lfod1776
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To: shield

What prisoner doesn't game to have failing health?


31 posted on 04/11/2006 2:02:39 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: oceanview
why would Bush do this?

Just to p*ss off the base again? this is getting insane, the guy is seemingly at war with his own core supporters.

Naw, the base has been getting p*ssed ON for months now. Really no difference. They don't care anyway.

32 posted on 04/11/2006 2:08:04 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (I'll support abortion if it is applied only to all socialist democrats!)
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To: shield
Stupuid traitors.
Olmert is going to give up most of Judea and Samaria and hopes to appease Zionists by having Pollard freed.

This is a sell out of America and of Israel.
33 posted on 04/11/2006 2:08:35 PM PDT by rmlew (Sedition and Treason are both crimes, not free speech.)
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To: shield

I find it interesting how many posters here are primed and ready to skewer Bush over an unconfirmed report. Bush hasn't even done anything yet, and people are ready to jump down his throat.


34 posted on 04/11/2006 2:12:07 PM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: oceanview
why would Bush do this?

You actually believe this story from his wife ?

35 posted on 04/11/2006 2:13:03 PM PDT by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: shield
According to this article, the US Supreme Court turned down a request by Jonathan Pollard to access documents that could help his bid to seek clemency. Similarly, Israel's High Court rejected Pollard's plea to have the State of Israel recognize him as a Prisoner of Zion, ruling that his activities on behalf of Israel did not meet the required criteria [granted clemency], such as teaching Hebrew or encouraging immigration to Israel.

Pollard is a traitor, to this country and to it's ally Israel.

36 posted on 04/11/2006 2:14:43 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
he was imprisoned under Clinton.

Wrong.  He's been in prison since 1985. 

37 posted on 04/11/2006 2:16:37 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: bwteim; shield

Thanks for the article link.

First impression: What the heck was that about the Afghan rebel arms trading? It's nutty but gets short-shrift.

Second impression: Seymour Hersh wrote the article? Why shouldn't I assume it's disinformation then?

Third: The Soviet angle. Seems to be a lot of people saying the Russians "must" have got the info via Pollard. Really? Could that information be gathered from other spies, say Aldrich Ames or other moles? And if Ames had a hand in the "report" given to the judge, that's intriguing.

And Casey tells Hersh, supposedly: "For your information, the Israelis used Pollard to obtain our attack plan against the U.S.S.R. all of it. The coordinates, the firing locations, the sequences. And for guess who? The Soviets."

Hmm.. Why would a naval intelligence officer at Pollard's status have access to that information? Sounds suspicious by overstatement. Nevertheless he's an admitted spy.

Fourth: Pollard comes accross as having mental health issues.


38 posted on 04/11/2006 2:19:21 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: bwteim

BTW, do you know of any articles stating similar not sourced to Hersh?


39 posted on 04/11/2006 2:19:58 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

Shermy,

I remember a previous thread on Pollard, where some posters, at least one of whom claimed to have been involved in intelligence work, raised this allegation against Pollard.

I was surprised too, since the little I knew about the case had led me to believe that Pollard had been involved in sigint, and that was the type of info he had revealed.

I read some more about the case, and it appears that the story about the US agents/sources in the Soviet Union had been quite widely spread.

It seems quite clear that the real culprit in those cases were Aldrich Ames.


40 posted on 04/11/2006 2:20:40 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: rmlew
Olmert is going to give up most of Judea and Samaria and hopes to appease Zionists

Ah. I was trying to figure out why this story was coming out now and you gave me the reason. Of course it is VoldOlmert and the destruction of 25,000 Jews' lives in Judea and Samaria. VoldOlmert needs a carrot to sell to the Israeli electorate so he can kick the crap out of 25,000 Jewish settlers.

41 posted on 04/11/2006 2:23:02 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Kenny Bunkport

I agree....poor Bush...I just wonder if all these folks would have preferred kerry? I only posted this to see if anyone had heard any such thing. My intent was not to have folks to start screaming and cussing at our president.


42 posted on 04/11/2006 2:23:36 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Well maybe some of the information came to the USSR via Pollard. But some of the Hersh article's insinuations seemed a stretch to me. That Afghan arms dealing allegation seems quite a stretch NOT to make up.


43 posted on 04/11/2006 2:27:33 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: shield

He let Sandy Berger get off lightly. Might as well let this guy go too.


44 posted on 04/11/2006 2:29:19 PM PDT by opinionator
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To: shield

Just when you think Bush's poll numbers could not get any lower, then comes this. Rove must have lost his senses.


45 posted on 04/11/2006 2:31:49 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: opinionator

I didn't know Bush did that...I thought it was the DOJ?


46 posted on 04/11/2006 2:32:36 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: shield

A belated April Fool. Nothing to worry about.


47 posted on 04/11/2006 2:33:23 PM PDT by Glenn (There is a looming Tupperware shortage. Plan appropriately.)
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To: shield
My intent was not to have folks to start screaming and cussing at our president.

Much like the Duke lacrosse team, President Bush is, to some here, guilty until proven innocent.

No need to wait and see if the facts are accurate.

48 posted on 04/11/2006 2:36:00 PM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: Nachum
"VoldOlmert"
Cute. He who should not be mentioned.
49 posted on 04/11/2006 2:38:57 PM PDT by rmlew (Sedition and Treason are both crimes, not free speech.)
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To: airborne

Isn't that the truth. Holding an opinion until we get the real facts appears to have flown out the window. I mean Wednesday is tomorrow and even Monday is just a few days away. Geezzz...LOL


50 posted on 04/11/2006 2:40:04 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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