The government of Israel has flailed about for four years “trying” to secure
Gilad Schalit’s release, but failing miserably.
The more time goes on,
the more doubts there are about Schalit’s continued viability.
It is a
fact that ever since my husband, Jonathan Pollard, was arrested in 1985 and
abandoned by the State of Israel, the Israeli government has not succeeded in
bringing a single captive IDF soldier home alive.
It may well be that
Gilad Schalit’s swift return home, alive, depends on his connection to Jonathan
How so? Let’s answer that question by way of
WHAT IS the best that can be said about a mother with two sons
with special needs, who allows her friends to lock her elder son away in a
cellar and throw the key away, while she devotes all her time, energy and
attention to her younger son? To be kind, such a mother would, at best, be
described as either morally deficient or mentally disturbed.
of how her psychological state is defined, it is twisted and precludes her
ability to act wisely, fairly or effectively for either of her sons. The two
sons are part of the same psychological whole, but a mentally unbalanced mother
is unable to relate to either of them in a healthy, normal, lifesustaining
Worse still, her psychological state prevents her from seeing and
accurately accessing all of the available options for her sons, and thus impedes
her from making good decisions for either of them.
Thus, it is
specifically her abandonment and betrayal of her older son that defines the
mother’s moral/psychological state and prevents her from taking the most
effective and appropriate action to save her younger son.
Pollard and Gilad Schalit are sons of the same mother, the State of
Pollard and Schalit have more in common than the fact that they
both served the State of Israel.
Schalit served as a soldier, guarding
its borders. Pollard served as an agent, providing it with the information that
caused its civil defense plans to be changed from bomb shelters to sealed rooms
and gas mask kits – not a small contribution to the state’s ongoing
Both Pollard and Schalit remain in captivity because of a
warped morality that prevents government leaders from making good decisions for
either of its national sons.
The national psychosis which declared
Pollard expendable 25 years ago and leaves him to rot in captivity is still
ongoing, and has resulted in a moral paralysis which prevents the State of
Israel from taking effective action to bring any captive home alive, Gilad
EFFECTIVE ACTION does not mean the release of hundreds or
thousands of murderers and terrorists.
Quite the opposite. Effective
action, by definition, is action that would produce the desired result – freedom
for a captive – without endangering the rest of Israel’s soldiers or civilian
Surrendering to terror and rewarding those who killed, maimed
and murdered by setting them free is not justified and is morally corrupt. This
plan seeks to free one captive by endangering the lives of all Israeli citizens
and all Israeli soldiers.
There are many ways to free a captive and bring
him home alive, but a lack of moral integrity prevents the government from
seeing or implementing these other solutions.
The government and its
cohorts in the defense-intelligence establishment appear to be far more
concerned about what will be said on CNN than they are about freeing captives
and bringing them home.
Similarly, the public, via the media, has been
seduced into believing that Israel has one captive and one captive only: Gilad
Schalit. Any attempt to bring Pollard into the discussion is met with vehement
protest and slanderous lies being bandied about by government officials
attempting to shake Pollard off, the way you would shake something odious off of
the bottom of your shoe.
Again, this is the root of the problem that
keeps both Pollard and Schalit in captivity. It is a manifestation of
Israel’s highest values, not leaving a wounded solder in the field,
and perverted to apply it selectively.
By definition, there is no such
thing as mutual responsibility – all for one and one for all – when it
If the public is capable of ignoring Pollard, an
Israeli agent in captivity for 25 years, but devoted heart and soul to
Schalit home, its concern for Schalit is as corrupt as its lack of
Pollard. It reflects the same moral schizophrenia that the government
implemented as policy – a policy that damns Schalit, every bit as much
Returning a captive home requires no moral ambiguity. It
requires moral integrity and moral consistency. It requires national
The noisy, boisterous and bullying campaign for Gilad
Schalit would do well to open its eyes to the truth. Jonathan Pollard’s
and timely return home is the key to bringing all of our captives home
alive.The writer is the wife of Jonathan
Pollard, an American-born
Israeli citizen who worked for the Ministry of Defense. He is currently
25th year in an American prison for his activities on behalf of the
the State of Israel.