Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish
Israel News Agency
February 9, 2014 ... There have been many senior US officials
who have called for Israeli Jonathan Pollard to be released, but
none ever came from this highest of security institutions. Former
CIA Director James Woolsey reiterated his call for the immediate
release of Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year behind American
bars over charges of spying for Israel.
the Israel News Agency, Woolsey stated: "It's enough.
After a quarter century the time has come to free Pollard. That
doesn't mean that what he did wasn't serious, I've seen the materials
in 1993 and what he disclosed was very confidential content. But
I tell people 'imagine he's a Greek American and free him."
was a civilian American Naval intelligence analyst when he gave
thousands of classified documents to his Israeli handlers. In
the mid 1980's, Pollard discovered that information vital to Israel's
security was being deliberately withheld by certain elements within
the US national security establishment.
Israel was legally entitled to this vital security information
according to a 1983 Memorandum of Understanding between the two
arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison.
In 2012, Woolsey
wrote a highly critical letter to the Wall Street Journal,
in which he illustrated examples of various spies released after
10 years, calling on the US to "pretend Pollard isn't Jewish
and release him." He noted that "one especially damaging
Greek-American spy, Steven Lalas, received a 14-year sentence."
that Pollard's ongoing imprisonment is a result of US anti-Semitism
was made by Tablet magazine and by the Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) in January.
and Building Minister Uri Ariel responded to Woolsey's comments,
calling them a "stinging indictment" of the American
government, which has "left Pollard to rot in jail from anti-Semitism
and nothing else. I call on US Secretary of State John Kerry and
US President Barack Obama to prove that isn't true, to act humanely
and free Pollard immediately."
Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) similarly responded to Woolsey's comments,
saying "the US itself can't logically explain not releasing
Pollard from jail after 29 years. True friendship is expressed
by little kindnesses and mutual understanding. If Israel is asked
and able to make such large concessions for its enemies, how much
more so should it be expected between friends."
US is indeed our greatest friend, it needs to free Jonathan Pollard
immediately," added Shaked.
was head of the CIA under President Bill Clinton's administration,
stressed that the US doesn't need to spy on Israel.
has understandings with the Canadians, Australians, and the British
not to spy on each other. We also have an excellent relationship
with Germany and Israel, and I think we don't need to spy on them,"
noted the former CIA chief.
for Pollard's release responded to the statements as well,
saying "we very much hope that (Obama) will decide to put
an end to the tragedy and the saga and to free Jonathan."
said Saturday that Americans who spied for other countries including
Korea and Greece were freed after short sentences, while Jonathan
Pollard is still behind bars after 25 years.
don't think that it is universally true, but in the case of some
American individuals, I think there is anti-Semitism at work here,"
He said others
who did the same as Pollard were freed quickly.
damage assessment reveals that Pollard was seeking information
for nuclear, military and technical information on the Arab states,
Pakistan, and the Soviet Union, and not on the United States.
assessment, which was classified by the CIA reveals that Pollards
handlers never expressed interest in US military activities,
plans, capabilities, or equipment.
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