Rumors are circulating that traitor Jonathan Pollard might be released as part of a Mideast Peace Deal. I don’t think this is a good idea.
First, why should the United States be giving concessions in what amount to a negotiation between Palestine and Israel? Israel is not giving us anything. We’re not the ones saying Israel doesn’t have a right to exist.
Second, I think people need to remember what we are dealing with here.
Among the highly-prized secrets that former officials say Pollard gave away while working as a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy were technical details of sophisticated U.S. spy satellites; analyses of Soviet missiles systems; and information about eavesdropping equipment used by the NSA to intercept foreign governments’ communications, including all ten volumes of a highly-classified manual known as “the Bible” that spelled out how the United States intercepted Soviet communications.
The extent of his treason was such that when this idea was floated in the mid-90’s, George Tenet threatened to resign. Imagine everything Snowden’s critics think he has revealed to other countries. This is about what Pollard did. That he gave this information to an ally is irrelevant. Israel’s interests are not always ours.
Pollard has been in prison for nearly thirty years. If Obama wanted to release him for humanitarian reasons, I would still oppose it. But to use it as a bargaining chip for the Palestinians? That’s too far.