Israeli Spy Could Be Released Soon by U.S.

israeli spyThe U.S. government is again determining whether an Israeli spy should be released from an American prison or not. The current Israeli government wants him released.

The Israeli’s spy is named Jonathan Pollard. His nationality is American and he was working as a Navy intelligence analyst when he was arrested two years ago. He was accused of passing classified secrets to Israeli intelligence and currently resides in a North Carolina prison.

The arrest of this Israeli spy was regarded as shocking 25-years-ago. Israel has long been an ally of the United States. Why would an ally spy on another ally?

The current Obama government has been accused of spying on its allies. Helen Merkel, the president of Germany, became incensed when she found out that the National Security Agency had been listening to conversations on her mobile phone.

The contemporary atmosphere would appear to be a perfect time to release this Israeli spy, except most of the U.S. intelligence community is opposed to it.

The reason that the U.S. government is talking about the release of Pollard is because of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. John Kerry, the current Secretary of State, it is trying to resolve a problem over Israel’s release of Palestinian prisoners. This is another stumbling block in these peace talks. The question of the release of Palestinian prisoners needs to be resolved by a deadline of April 29th.

The release of Pollard would be to extend the talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian government. Pollard cannot be released without Obama’s approval.

Some U.S. intelligence people are open to the possibility of releasing Pollard. This Israeli spy is now 59-years-old and quite ill. He is eligible for parole in November of 2015. His release could get the Israeli government to give more concessions on a peace accord.

Other intelligence analysts question why the U.S.  should give up a leverage point when it is unlikely that it would lead to an extension of the talks. A full-blown agreement would even be more implausible.

In most intelligent circles, they really do hate Pollard as they feel that he betrayed his country and did serious damage to the national security of the United States.

According to Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator, the release of Pollard shows real desperation by the United States. This is an era of leaks and the release of Pollard would make no sense.

Jay Carney, the White House secretary, did not say whether Pollard would be released as an incentive in Israel. Carney had no updates on the Pollard situation.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the current prime minister of Israel, has long wanted Pollard to be released. The release of Pollard would give Netanyahu a way to make tough decisions in pursuing a peace agreement later. Political issues would be taken up in Congress and some people in the US intelligence community would not be happy with the release.

The release of this Israeli spy could help in getting a peace accord in the Middle East and it is up to Obama whether to release him or not.

By Tom Clark

Sources:

ny times

washington post (blog)

bbc news

One Response to "Israeli Spy Could Be Released Soon by U.S."

  1. Red Blooded American   April 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This article neglected to mention the most important fact of all. The fact that you and so many others continue to ignore it speaks volume to what is actually happening here. No one charged with this same crime has ever been held in jail this long in American history – not ever. For example, Russian spy cases (which were technically worse than Pollard’s for many reasons) have all been let out decades ago, whereas Jonathon Pollard (who is actually charged with the LESSER crime then mentioned above – for obtaining information for an ALLIED country), is being held for life. And the vitriolic, throw-away-the-key that has been unfairly leveled for years now is accomplishing the exact opposite effect. The only lesson you are teaching the world is that you hate Jews. If the law is the law, and the number of years required for sentencing are shown time after time, there is no other way to rationally explain why he is the only person ever being held this long – for this type of a crime. Do us all a favor and please just admit that you hate Jews.. This has ZERO to do with national security, and everything to do with hatred. And whether you care or not, Jewish Americans (many of who fought for this country as far back as the Civil War days) are not going to forget this travesty. Did he do wrong? MOST DEFINITELY. But the length of his punishment does not fit this crime – and is disproportionate by a ridiculously lopsided amount. Therefore, this is not just. I know what will happen to this response. Most likely, people will just chime in with their “that will show em” vitriol. But the history of sentencing disproves their arguments – because the facts don’t line. In the end, there is no arguing against the factual history of unfair sentencing – which this most definitely is.

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