Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel three decades ago, will be paroled on November 21.
Both the Obama Administration and Pollard’s attorneys say his release has nothing to do with the Iran nuclear deal. I’m not buying it. If the Iran nuclear deal wasn’t in place, Pollard’s release wouldn’t be a topic of discussion. The Obama Administration is throwing Israel a bone in a futile attempt to recompense for the horrendous Iran nuclear deal that puts its very existence in jeopardy.
Although Pollard spied against the United States, he did so on behalf of an ally. His punishment simply did not fit the crime. Of course, I wonder if Pollard will live to see his release. He has been in poor health for many years now. As former Congressmen Allen West put it a few years ago, “If we can consent to the release by the British of the Lockerbie bomber back to Libya due to health concern, how can we justify keeping Mr. Pollard behind bars when his crimes were clearly not as serious as a terrorist who murdered hundreds of Americans?”
As part of the conditions of his parole, Pollard will have to remain in the U.S. for five years. The only person who has the authority to change the terms of his release is Barack Obama. If Pollard was dealing cocaine then I’d say he has a shot with Obama. Otherwise, forget about it.
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