Jonathan and Esther Pollard 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman, who both
renounced their American citizenship to enter the Knesset, expressed frustration
on Tuesday with the American decision to keep Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard in
prison while Israel releases more than 100 Palestinians terrorists as a gesture
at the start of diplomatic talks.
Bennett, who was born in Israel to
emigrants from San Francisco, said he always considered himself solely Israeli
despite his dual citizenship and the years he spent working in hi-tech in New
York. He said he would advise the American leadership to consider the feelings
“I think it would be very fitting for the US to send Pollard
home to Israel in light of Israel freeing so many terrorists,” Bennett told The
. “Pollard never killed anyone and they killed women and children.
We are taking a step which I opposed. In light of that step, it would not only
be fitting but also ethical and humane and the right thing for America to
Lipman is proud to be the first American-born MK in 30 years and
boasts about the good values he gained from living in the United States. He
called upon President Barack Obama to consider those values while deciding
whether to commute Pollard’s sentence to the nearly 28 years of his life
sentence that he has already served.
“As a former US citizen with great
appreciation for the values of fairness and kindness which I learned through all
my school years in America I ask: Does it make sense that Israel has agreed to
release over 100 terrorists and the United States won’t release Jonathan
Pollard?” he said.
“We are releasing murderers who are likely to try to
kill again and the US won’t release Jonathan who has not hurt anyone and won’t
hurt anyone? I call on President Obama to demonstrate basic decency and respond
to the most painful of decisions taken by the Israeli government to release
murderers by releasing Jonathan Pollard immediately. By doing so, there will be
some level of consolation for all Israelis who now feel sadness and pain over
this most difficult decision,” Lipman said.