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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