Skip to comments.Report: US to release Pollard in Barghouti swap deal
Posted on 04/15/2006 4:31:49 PM PDT by Sabramerican
Report: US to release Pollard in Barghouti swap deal JPost.com Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 16, 2006
Officials in Jerusalem claimed on Saturday that the US would free imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel releasing jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti.
According to Army Radio, Israel is set to offer the proposed prisoner swap deal in the next few months, following the unfolding anarchy in the Palestinian Authority. Seemingly, Israel intends to use Barghouti's release to strengthen the Fatah movement against the background of the much criticized rule of the new Hamas-led Palestinian government.
In 2004 Israel suggested a similar move but the initiative was rejected by the US government. Jerusalem officials predict that on this occasion the White House will accept the proposal.
Pollard, a former Mossad agent, was convicted of selling US military secrets to Israel, while he worked at the Defense Department's Pentagon headquarters. He was arrested in 1985 and pleaded guilty to the espionage charges. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, and has been incarcerated in a US jail for the past 21 years.
The Israeli government denied for years that Pollard was its spy but finally acknowledged it in 1998.
Various prime ministers have since made efforts to secure a pardon for Pollard, none of which have been successful.
Something about this is just not right.
Kinda stinks of mis-information if you ask me.
It was Esther Pollard last week, right?
Bush seems to represent everybody except those who supported him. He may end up being as poor a Presdident as his father.
This report just can't be true.
That's right, onyx.
Either this is a crazy report or some people in Washington have gone crazy.
I don't recognize a lot of these names and assume they would condemn Bush if he found the cure for cancer. It would make for overcrowded conditions, you know.
Evidence, or lack thereof be d*mned.
This sounds like more drive by shooting by the mediots to make knee jerkers mad at GW.
And not include Secretary Rumsfeld? How about Vice President Cheney...he get's a free pass too?
To me, you didn't make your position clear at all. What do you think, is an apporopriate sentence for treason?
That's what I don't understand, either.
We give Israel a convicted spy, they give the Palestinians a convicted terrorist - and ????
LOL. Hasn't Pollard been released a almost a dozen times already?
I like that!
Consider it borrowed!
From the Jerusalem Post? Not exactly the NYSlimes we're talking about here.
so are you buying the John Loftus opinion on Pollard:
that he uncovered saudi "owned" anti-semites at naval intelligence, who were witholding this info from being sent to israel (so he did it himself). and that Aldrich Ames blamed alot of the things he had done, on Pollard?
The rules of Bush Bashing are simple print any whacko wet dream that puts GW or his cabinet in a bad light. Publish it and then get it on the internet. Then the Bush Haters jump in for another round of Bush Bashing. Besides blaming him for this bs, they will tie it in with their favorite theme for hating GW.
It probably is State behind this. I thought things were going to improve under Rice, but so far (unless there have been internal improvements that are taking awhile to reveal themselves) it doesn't seem that she is any better than Powell.
Israel has been pressing for a long time.
And the US has said No.
And now will say Yes in exchange for the release of a convicted Islamic terrorist?
Does it make a sense? It turns my stomach from all sides.
Ya, but something just doesn't fit the puzzle.
I could be way off, but somethings wrong here.