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Obamas Dangerous Double Standard on Spying, Pollard
Algemeiner ^ | December 26, 2013 3:24 pm | Isi Stein

Posted on 12/26/2013 12:40:30 PM PST by Dave346

I live in a world where countries blame Israel for all their ills, equate Israel’s right to defend herself with the terrorist acts perpetrated by her enemies, and promote boycotts of the only consistent and lasting democracy in the Middle East. It is no secret that since the establishment of the Jewish State in 1948, a dangerous double standard has provided fuel for biased UN resolutions and astonishing EU sanctions against Israel.

In the U.S., the tone was significantly different for many years. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush fought against any effort to delegitimize the State of Israel, and made a point of highlighting, and strengthening, the natural and necessary bond that the two countries share. Therefore, it pains me that a different reality is slowly setting in.

Since 2008, both Democrats and Republicans have been critical of President Obama for giving a cold shoulder to Israel, for implementing dangerous Middle East policies, and for his blatant disregard for diplomatic norms, especially vis-à-vis Israel.

As uncomfortable as it is to consider Mr. Woolsey’s comments, he is right. The double standard that the world applies to any person connected to the State of Israel and to the Jewish people, is the same double standard that is responsible for Jonathan Pollard’s continued incarceration. We must bring Jonathan home.

The revelations of Obama’s actions over the past several months cut at the heart of the world’s obsession with applying a double standard to Israel and to the Jewish people.

Several months ago, the Obama Administration strong-armed Israel into releasing terrorists to meet Palestinian preconditions for peace talks. Israel gave in to the pressure, compromised the safety of its citizens, and legitimized the ludicrous idea that releasing 109 murderers, in four stages, would give the Palestinian Authority confidence to sit at the negotiating table.

The third stage of the terrorist release will likely occur next week. Among those who have already been released are Abdel al-Said Uda Yussuf and Massoud Issa Rajib Amer, two terrorists who, in April 1993, slaughtered Ian Feinberg, a young Jewish lawyer who was meeting with local officials to organize economic programs for Palestinians. Within minutes, they dug a knife into his throat, hacked him into pieces with an ax, and then shot him.

The second revelation: The NSA spied on Israel and various Israeli leaders over a period of several years. The Obama Administration, who at first denied allegations of spying, now admits that the United States had monitored the leaders of dozens of countries, including those of some of its closest allies. Though spying is commonplace and is to be expected within the realm of foreign relations, the United States’ spying on the State of Israel is an extra touchy subject.

Why are these two revelations of such consequence? The answer: Jonathan Pollard.

For those not familiar with Mr. Pollard, he was jailed in the 1980’s for passing classified U.S. documents to Israel while working for the U.S. Naval Intelligence Command. Twenty-eight years into his sentence, Pollard continues to sit, alone, behind the dimly lit halls of the Butner Correctional Complex just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. The disproportionate life sentence that Pollard faces is the harshest punishment ever assessed to an accused spy who passed information to an ally of the United States. Precedent dictates that Pollard’s crime warrants a maximum of six years in a Federal prison. He has now served almost five times that, a term that included seven years in solitary confinement.

When, in August, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked President Obama to commute Pollard’s sentence as part of the release of more than 100 cold-blooded killers, Obama refused. Reports have also surfaced that President Obama sees no connection between the NSA spying scandal and the case of Jonathan Pollard.

The sheer amount of high profile officials who are now urging Obama to commute Pollard’s sentence is staggering. Even those who called for his incarceration almost 30 years ago are now urging our Commander in Chief to release Jonathan Pollard. They include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former FBI director William Webster, men who now accept that Pollard needs to be home with his wife, both as a matter of justice and as a result of his declining health.

Former Director of the CIA James Woolsey, who was originally opposed to releasing Pollard, recently urged Obama to commute Pollard’s sentence. He asserted that if the ex-spy were a Filipino-American or South Korean-American, he would no longer be in prison.

As uncomfortable as it is to consider Mr. Woolsey’s comments, he is right. The double standard that the world applies to any person connected to the State of Israel and to the Jewish people, is the same double standard that is responsible for Jonathan Pollard’s continued incarceration. We must bring Jonathan home.


TOPICS: Israel
KEYWORDS: israel; nsa; turnaboutfairplay; waronterror

1 posted on 12/26/2013 12:40:30 PM PST by Dave346
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To: Dave346

Quite true ... release Pollard and not Islamic terrorists!


2 posted on 12/26/2013 12:44:53 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Dave346

Pollard betrayed his country. He is exactly where he belongs - in prison (if not at the end of a rope).


3 posted on 12/26/2013 12:45:29 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Dave346

Are the Walkers still in prison? If so, then so should be Pollard.

Just to be clear, the Walkers should never be let out of prison, for what they did to the U.S. and the Navy.

But I don’t even know what their status is.


4 posted on 12/26/2013 12:50:27 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Dave346
Keep Pollard in jail. He betrayed his country, the United States. However, also quit telling Israel to release terrorists in the vain hope of getting some concessions from the terrorists. That's a loser.
5 posted on 12/26/2013 1:12:52 PM PST by JoeFromSidney
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To: JoeFromSidney

Israel should release all their captured terrorists into the West Bank - from 30,000 without parachutes.


6 posted on 12/26/2013 1:20:26 PM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: vladimir998
Pollard did not betray the country. Casper Weinberger betrayed Israel by not giving Israel information that should have gone to her anyway.

The Reagan administrations slavish devotion to the twists and turns of Saudia helped pave the way for 9/11. Reagan went into Lebanon to help the ruling Sunnis and then ran with tail between the legs after his new Muslim buddies blew up our marine barracks in Beruit. A young Osama bin Laden saw this act of craven cowardice and figured the U.S. would fold in case of a terrorist attack. And we certainly did as we twice elected a President who spoke of his Muslim faith.

But to hell with all of that, let's execute Pollard instead /sarcasm

7 posted on 12/26/2013 1:42:02 PM PST by Stepan12 (!)
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To: Stepan12
The NCIS investigation into Pollard's dealings indicated that he was attempting to sell information to countries as disconnected from Israel's interests as South Africa and Pakistan.

Secondly, Pollard wasn't even an Israeli citizen at the time he was arrested, tried and convicted of espionage. He was born in Texas, raised in Indiana, and educated at Stanford University. He didn't even apply for Israeli citizenship until 1995, which was almost a decade after his guilty plea in his espionage case.

Israel spent years denying that Pollard was even working for him, until they finally admitted in 1998 that he was an Israeli spy.

The United States of America doesn't owe Jonathan Pollard a damn thing. That guy can rot in prison for the rest of life.

8 posted on 12/26/2013 1:49:48 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child
The NCIS investigation into Pollard's dealings indicated that he was attempting to sell information to countries as disconnected from Israel's interests as South Africa and Pakistan.

Sold information to Pakistan? Sure he did. Sure he did.... And everyone knows that Alfred Dreyfuss spied on France for Germany /sarc

9 posted on 12/26/2013 2:04:34 PM PST by Stepan12 (!)
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To: Dave346
What double standard?

Governments spy on other governments.

They don't like to be spied on by other governments.

Do you really expect things to be any different -- ever?

10 posted on 12/26/2013 2:12:22 PM PST by x
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To: Stepan12

Pollard spied on his own country. What Weinberger did or did not do is irrelevant.


11 posted on 12/26/2013 3:33:17 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Dave346

Please post more Pollard propaganda. Try to get a new article calling for Pollard’s release in each day, and also try to whine more about how unfair it all is, or at least post to whinier commentators. Once you’ve got that down, try to get that up to two each day. That could be your new year’s resolution.


12 posted on 12/27/2013 2:08:46 AM PST by OldNewYork (I have voted against free ice cream. And I will do it again.)
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