How Pollard’s sentence helped American Jews

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

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March 14, 2013 16:07
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Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard 311 (R). (photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)

 
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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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