Jonathan and Esther Pollard 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Justice4JP)
GETTING 106 of the 120 Knesset Members, including 18 cabinet ministers, to sign
a joint letter was unprecedented. That it was addressed to US President Barack
Obama and called for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard’s release was doubly
remarkable. Indeed, it is astonishing that this controversial figure, implicated
in a shady affair criticized across the board, has become part of the national
consensus.Even Arab Knesset Members expressed their support. One signed
the letter and others announced, without appending their signatures, that they
would back the plea for Pollard’s release. True, they added a caveat: that the
Pollard case should not be linked in any way to the release of Palestinian
prisoners from Israeli jails. But that is my view, too.