Price for Jonathan Pollard’s Release Should be a Done Deal on Palestine

Steve Clemons

200px-Jonathan_Pollard.pngJonathan Pollard was paid for his espionage by a foreign government. Whether that government was the Soviet Union, China, Great Britain, or as it turned out — Israel — Pollard was a compensated enemy of the US national interest and convicted.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just signed on to a letter addressed to President Obama appealing for Pollard’s release.

As one former Reagan administration official stated, Pollard ferreted away and transferred to Israel, which allegedly passed along the information to the Soviet Union, the "crown jewels" of America’s national security strategy. In virtually any other country outside the United States and Europe, Pollard would have been executed for his deeds.

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