White House Rejects Peres Clemency Appeal for Israeli Spy Pollard

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  1. ejazr

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    White House Rejects Peres Clemency Appeal for Israeli Spy Pollard - ABC News

    The White House on Monday rejected Israeli President Shimon Peres's personal appeal to commute convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard's life sentence.

    "Our position hasn't changed," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in an email to Yahoo News. Asked whether the White House had received Peres's written plea to President Barack Obama for clemency, Vietor said he was not sure "but the position is the same."

    Obama had rejected a January 2011 request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to free Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted in 1985 of passing classified information to Israel. Netanyahu's appeal was the first such plea in public, and it drew support from most of Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Peres had based his appeal on Pollard's deteriorating health, and mentioned a recent conversation with Pollard's wife Esther Pollard. "The president sent the missive after receiving a petition signed by 80 MKs, urging Obama to release the Jewish spy, as well as intense pressure from the lobby working to secure Pollard's release ahead of Peres' White House visit planned for June." That's when Peres is slated to receive the highest U.S. civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, though he has come under pressure from Pollard supporters to reject it unless Pollard goes free.
     
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    Pollard again. He made his choice to betray his country.
     
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    @Ewald

    What would you think about American spies caught in Israel? Not defending Pollard in any way of course but just mentioning the possibility that US spies are most likely working in Israel too.
     
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    It's not the same thing.

    Pollard was born American, grew up in America, and worked for US Intelligence which is how he got all of his classified documents. Pollard was never a spy for Israel, he straight up sold tens of thousands of classified documents to Israeli intelligence. It's direct treason, and he didn't even become an Israeli citizen until 1995. I'm sure if the feds could execute him without causing chaos in Israel they would, this is one of the rare moments where they've completely resisted all of Israel's demands.
     
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    @Son of Govinda

    Again, I am not defending Pollard. I just don't see how bad the "selling of secret documents" would be for US interests. Israel is a close US ally and I don't see what damage it would have caused to US interests comparing the unilateral support on say the settlements in Israel does.

    And from reading on his background, he has already spent 25 years in prison which is quite a long time for a similar offence by other spies found in the US. Even Russian spies were allowed to fly out of the US in a chartered plane while Israel is a close ally.

    IMO, if the US wants to take a stand on Israel, it should have done on the settlements issue for example where it would get some concrete results with the end result of being in the US AND Israeli interests towards a two state solution. And eventually provide for a more favorable public opinion in the world. Being tough on Pollard is IMHO a wastage of the US "toughness" on Israel.

    Right Turn - Should Jonathan Pollard be pardoned?
     
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    I'm going to quote your reply to SoG here.

    Maybe Pollard thought that too. He thought wrong. Read this entry. Read the entire Wiki article if you have time.

    Jonathan Pollard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    You can see that Pollards insidious actions go beyond just the US and Israel, even if somebody might think, "It's OK because US and Israel are chummy."

    I hope this convinces you.
     
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