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Report: US to release Pollard in Barghouti swap deal
JERUSALEM POST ^ | Apr. 16, 2006 | Staff

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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: barghouti; bush; espionage; israel; pollard
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I guess Pollard is not so guilty that it is worth for Bush to let him go to free a convicted "Palestinian" terrorist murderer.

If this occurs:

Can Israel get any more disgusting?

Can Bush get any more disgusting?

1 posted on 04/15/2006 4:31:52 PM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: Sabramerican

Pollard should be hung.


2 posted on 04/15/2006 4:33:03 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Sabramerican

Agreed. If the Republicans wish to make their upcoming minority in both houses a HUGE one.


3 posted on 04/15/2006 4:34:08 PM PDT by spyone
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To: Sabramerican
Why are we trading an Israeli spy for a Palestinian thug? Why are we releasing a justly imprisoned traitor to better the position of the country that hired him in the first place?

What is Bush doing?

4 posted on 04/15/2006 4:34:58 PM PDT by Zeroisanumber
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To: Zeroisanumber

Simple ... he is not concerned about re-election.


5 posted on 04/15/2006 4:36:23 PM PDT by jamaksin
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To: Sabramerican

This was floated last week and the article said the release would happen "tomorrow". We can all see how that didn't happen and I wouldn't be too concerned that this article is true either.


6 posted on 04/15/2006 4:36:43 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Sabramerican

This is insane. Pollard was a spy and should not be freed, and Barghouti is an insane terrorist murderer and most certainly should not be freed under any circumstances. I can't believe this is even being discussed. I think our leaders are crazy.


7 posted on 04/15/2006 4:38:11 PM PDT by livius
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To: Zeroisanumber

This can't be real.


8 posted on 04/15/2006 4:38:36 PM PDT by MountainYankee
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To: Sabramerican
If this occurs:

If it sounds too good or too bad to be true it' probably isn't.

9 posted on 04/15/2006 4:38:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: Peach

I agree with you...I have to wait and watch on this...it doesn't pass the smell test.


10 posted on 04/15/2006 4:39:01 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Sabramerican
Israel should consider the consequences of such an exchange very carefully.

In WWI, Germany was responsible for sending Vladimir Ilyich Lenin back into Russia. They intended, of course, to destabilize the Tsar's regime.

They got something more than they bargained for...

11 posted on 04/15/2006 4:39:19 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Sabramerican

Sounds like BS. That, or the State Department is operating like normal.


12 posted on 04/15/2006 4:39:32 PM PDT by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: Sabramerican
Can Israel get any more disgusting? Can Bush get any more disgusting?

One more question. Is there a grain of truth in any of this?

13 posted on 04/15/2006 4:39:54 PM PDT by Bahbah (Harry Reid is a Liar;Ted Kennedy is a BIG FAT Liar: edited by tiredoflaundry)
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To: Sabramerican

"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."

That's a helluva an equivalence to make....


14 posted on 04/15/2006 4:40:18 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: Peach

How odd. The people who should know better than others not to trust the MSM seem to do so every darn time, no matter how wild the accusation.


15 posted on 04/15/2006 4:41:30 PM PDT by Bahbah (Harry Reid is a Liar;Ted Kennedy is a BIG FAT Liar: edited by tiredoflaundry)
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To: Sabramerican

This is one of the reason I favor the death penalty for traitors and spies.


16 posted on 04/15/2006 4:41:30 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: Sabramerican

To make my position clear.

I believe Pollard should be released. He has served more then appropriate time for his offense the real offense not the fiction that has grown around him fed by malicious sources).

The US has refused to release him under any entreat.

But Bush so loves the "Palestinians" that even Pollard is worth releasing a terrorist murderer.

And the Olmert Government is so depraved that it will make such a trade.


17 posted on 04/15/2006 4:41:41 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: Sabramerican

First Esther Pollard and now this.

"IF" true, it seems Israel is pressing for it.


18 posted on 04/15/2006 4:41:42 PM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Joe Boucher

I couldn't agree more.


19 posted on 04/15/2006 4:41:44 PM PDT by mathprof2
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To: gondramB

What, quite frankly, does the UNITED STATES get out of this reported idiotic exchange? Appalling.


20 posted on 04/15/2006 4:41:48 PM PDT by laconic
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To: Sabramerican

Something about this is just not right.
Kinda stinks of mis-information if you ask me.


21 posted on 04/15/2006 4:41:53 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()......The Media is not Mainstream, stop calling them that........()
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To: Peach

It was Esther Pollard last week, right?


22 posted on 04/15/2006 4:42:12 PM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Sabramerican

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.


23 posted on 04/15/2006 4:42:15 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: CWOJackson


BUMP!


24 posted on 04/15/2006 4:43:05 PM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: onyx

That's right, onyx.

bbl


25 posted on 04/15/2006 4:43:09 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Sabramerican

Either this is a crazy report or some people in Washington have gone crazy.


26 posted on 04/15/2006 4:43:39 PM PDT by putupjob
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To: Bahbah

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.


27 posted on 04/15/2006 4:43:53 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Sabramerican
Alright, time for a good old,

Evidence, or lack thereof be d*mned.

28 posted on 04/15/2006 4:44:06 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Real Leaders Base Their Decisions on Their Convictions. Wannabes Base Decisions on the Latest Poll.)
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To: Sabramerican

This sounds like more drive by shooting by the mediots to make knee jerkers mad at GW.


29 posted on 04/15/2006 4:44:32 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: COEXERJ145

And not include Secretary Rumsfeld? How about Vice President Cheney...he get's a free pass too?


30 posted on 04/15/2006 4:45:20 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: Sabramerican

To me, you didn't make your position clear at all. What do you think, is an apporopriate sentence for treason?


31 posted on 04/15/2006 4:45:41 PM PDT by spyone
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To: laconic

That's what I don't understand, either.

We give Israel a convicted spy, they give the Palestinians a convicted terrorist - and ????


32 posted on 04/15/2006 4:46:21 PM PDT by livius
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To: Bahbah

LOL. Hasn't Pollard been released a almost a dozen times already?


33 posted on 04/15/2006 4:46:27 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: COEXERJ145


I like that!
Consider it borrowed!


34 posted on 04/15/2006 4:46:28 PM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: ThreePuttinDude
Kinda stinks of mis-information if you ask me.

From the Jerusalem Post? Not exactly the NYSlimes we're talking about here.

35 posted on 04/15/2006 4:47:54 PM PDT by Zeroisanumber
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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?


36 posted on 04/15/2006 4:48:44 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: COEXERJ145; onyx; Miss Marple; Howlin; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Yep, this appears to be another round of the new American Sport:

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.

37 posted on 04/15/2006 4:49:26 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: zarf

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.


38 posted on 04/15/2006 4:49:43 PM PDT by livius
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To: onyx

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.




39 posted on 04/15/2006 4:51:17 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: Zeroisanumber
From the Jerusalem Post? Not exactly the NYSlimes we're talking about here.

Ya, but something just doesn't fit the puzzle.
I could be way off, but somethings wrong here.

40 posted on 04/15/2006 4:53:22 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()......The Media is not Mainstream, stop calling them that........()
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To: spyone

Bump.


41 posted on 04/15/2006 4:53:24 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham ("The moment that someone wants to forbid caricatures, that is the moment we publish them.")
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To: Sabramerican

I have mixed feelings about eventually freeing Pollard. But what the hell do we want with Barghouti? What, to turn him over to the ACLU and American trial lawyers? I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!

Leave him to rot in an Israeli jail, thank you very much.


42 posted on 04/15/2006 4:53:53 PM PDT by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: oceanview

i have read a number of versions of what pollard actually did, from passing info to israel that israel gave to the USSR that unrolled the US intelligence network in e. europe, to simply passing on something about old chem. weapon stockpiles, etc.

The only additional item that I find interesting is that the US has steadfastly refused to let him go, heck even CLINTON didn't let him go when pressed to for his ME peace deal, and anyone here knows clinton cares more about his own posterity than any national interests. Apparently there was an uproar in intelligence and others when he considered it, enough that he didn't do it.

whatever pollard gave israel, it wasn't something insignifigant to the US. Beyond that, I do not believe we will ever know for sure what it was, exception being the many freepers who apparently have the security clearance and access to reliably state that informatoin.


43 posted on 04/15/2006 4:54:35 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: spyone

I'll let you know when we discuss someone convicted of Treason.

Pollard was not.

Treason is defined by the US Constitution. Pollard didn't commit Treason.


44 posted on 04/15/2006 4:54:53 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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US would free imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel releasing jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti.

Um, so what do we get?

45 posted on 04/15/2006 4:55:41 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Sabramerican

Any Israeli who agrees to release Bhargouti for Pollard is a traitorous pig. Bharghouti is a monster. Pollard is insignificant.


46 posted on 04/15/2006 4:55:41 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Sabramerican

What was he convicted of?


47 posted on 04/15/2006 4:56:50 PM PDT by spyone
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To: spyone

mishandling a single classified document, IIRC. As I understood, this was the only charge brought in order to avoid having to reveal in court the actual espionage involved. He plead guilty and I think got max. term.


48 posted on 04/15/2006 4:57:47 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Sabramerican
He has served more then appropriate time for his offense the real offense not the fiction that has grown around him fed by malicious sources

You might be right, but how do we know what his real offenses were compared to say what Hersh says? No offense, but I don't believe him or his wife.

49 posted on 04/15/2006 4:58:17 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Sabramerican

I think Pollard should be released.

But, why is Israel releasing the terrorist Barghouti?


50 posted on 04/15/2006 4:58:40 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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