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How Pollard’s sentence helped American Jews

In an ironic twist, Pollard’s prolonged imprisonment has actually empowered American Jews in top positions.

Jonathan Pollard
Photo by: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard
US President Barack Obama’s impending visit to Israel has reignited once more the question about Jonathan Pollard, and whether after 27 years he should be set free.

In this debate, there is an ugly, generally unspoken, truth about Pollard’s sentence: it is only tangentially connected to Israel. He continues to rot in prison both because of the enormous success enjoyed by American Jews, and to prevent the Pollard case from jeopardizing that success.



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