I'm not sure the latter statement is true. Pollard gave away a vast volume of classified documents. I've heard that these included the very top secrets of signals intelligence. Probably it can't even be stated what he stole. Evidently the people who know think that it is so serious that he should not be freed even if it helps achieve peace in the Middle East.
Also it's not clear that Pollard was acting altruistically (as if that would be an excuse). IIRC he was selling documents to other countries such as South Africa and he was paid by Israel.
Also the fact that Israel is an "ally" is not that relevant since once they had all our secrets they traded them to other countries such as the Soviet Union to achieve their own interests, which are not always the same as ours. No matter what Pollard's motives, he grievously harmed the United States.
One of the reasons that there is so much pressure from Israel to free him is that Israel wants to send a signal to all their potential spies that they will never be abandoned. Also this seems to have become a domestic political issue in Israel. But the US should be concerned about about the message we are sending to potential traitors and spies.
Thanks for the post.
From my previous readings, I had believed that Pollard’s disclosures of info were related only to info that he thought the US was withholding from Israel. In addition, I was not aware that the Israelis “re-marketed” that intelligence for their own purposes. I’ll have to read up more on this case.
If what you say is true (and I have no reason to doubt you), I can’t but help wonder why Pollard didn’t get life in prison - just like Ames and Hanssen? It sounds like he should have.