Clearly, Israel will have to continue to ask for his release since he was their agent. But just as clearly, we will continue to say no since he was our traitor. At least until Hillary becomes President and gets a big money offer for his pardon and release. shudder
I'm not sure some of the secrets Pollard stole didn't get to China and Russia anyway. Pollard was a very confused and selfish lad and I don't even know why Israel wants him (unless it's to demonstrate to that country's other spies that, should they get caught, Israel will never stop trying to free them.) I know the U.S. government always maintained, as you do, that his motive was greed (that might be true, given that he stole a lot of documents having nothing to do Israel's security needs). On the other hand, Wolf Blitzer, who at the time was Washington correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, wrote a book about Pollard in which he concluded that Pollard's "primary loyalty was to [Israel]. He saw information he felt Israel needed, and he decided to make it available. . . " I think Blitzer is right here. Pollard put tribal loyalties above his duties to his fellow Americans. Furthermore, he did it gladly.
One thing I've always wondered. Blitzer's book was tremendously exciting. It involves everything: Israeli war heroes, rogue handlers, the White House, Pentagon, the rise and fall of Bobby Inman (a great story right there), Casper Weinberger, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice, William Safire, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Saddam Hussein, the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor, dramatic chases, and a bright, arrogant and wonderfully contemptable central character that we can all happily hate.
Spielberg's done some great stuff on WWII. Maybe he ought to flip the page and do the Cold War, as brought to you by Jonathan Pollard.
I do not believe that is the case. From what I have read about the case, Pollard actively sought out an Israeli Air Force Major who happened to be studying in the United States and offered his services free of charge. In fact, the Israelis had to pressure Pollard to take some money (so that he could be blackmailed into staying loyal).
That said, I am not defending Pollard in any way, just trying to set the record straight. Any U.S. citizen who betrays our country and reveals our secrets to foreign nations should get no less than life and preferably death.