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19 November 2015

Netanyahu to his fellow Tribesmen regarding Pollard's release: Don't let the goyim see you gloat


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed cabinet ministers to tone down their jubilation over the scheduled release this weekend of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard after three decades in U.S. jails, as Israel reportedly tries to ease his parole conditions so he can immigrate to the Jewish state.

According to an Israeli government official, Netanyahu has cautioned his ministers to exercise restraint when discussing the freeing of the American-born Pollard, 61, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst whose passage of classified material to Israel and subsequent imprisonment strained relations between the allies. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to comment on the record.

The prime minister’s office had no comment on the impending release.


Pollard’s parole conditions require him to remain in the U.S. for five years after he is released, his lawyers said. The Israel Hayom daily reported Thursday that the prime minister asked President Barack Obama at their White House meeting last week to let Pollard immediately fulfill a wish of moving to Israel. Netanyahu offered assurances that Pollard’s behavior would be monitored in Israel, the newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information. Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship during his imprisonment.

Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment on Nov. 21, 1985. His attorney announced in July that he would be freed after the Justice Department didn’t contest an application for parole. The White House, along with Pollard’s lawyers, has denied reports that the parole decision was an attempt to smooth relations with Israel, which opposed the U.S.-led nuclear deal world powers reached with Iran in July.

The U.S. government has declared that Pollard’s actions caused significant damage to its intelligence-gathering capabilities. Israeli officials, along with Pollard’s U.S. supporters, have argued that his sentence was excessive compared to similar espionage cases.

UPDATE:

Jonathan Pollard Offers to Give Up U.S. Citizenship to Ease Move to Israel

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department to let soon-to-be-released spy Jonathan Pollard renounce his U.S. citizenship so he can join his wife in Israel.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Eliot Engel, both New York Democrats, have written to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking that Mr. Pollard, who is due to be released Friday after serving 30 years in prison, be allowed to move to Israel.

Mr. Pollard was a civilian analyst for the Navy when he was arrested in 1985 on charges of spying for Israel and later sentenced to life in prison. Over an 18-month period, officials say he removed large volumes of classified documents from government files and gave them to his Israeli handler.

The Bureau of Prisons is freeing him after a parole commission determination earlier this year he should be released early from his life sentence.

In their letter to the attorney general, the two lawmakers said Mr. Pollard “understands that, as a condition of being permitted to move to Israel, he may need to renounce his American citizenship.” They added: “Despite the serious consequences that may follow such a decision, including being permanently barred from returning to the United States, he is willing to undertake this extraordinary measure.’’

The lawmakers asked Ms. Lynch to give Mr. Pollard’s request “the fair consideration it deserves.’’ Congressional aides said that the letter was prompted by discussions with Mr. Pollard’s wife, who lives in Israel, about his wish to live with her.

“Having him in the U.S. for five years, it would be a circus,’’ said Mr. Engel. “It would be better to let him go—better for him, and better for the country, to put an end to this saga.’’

A lawyer for Mr. Pollard didn’t respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday.

It is far from certain the Justice Department will grant the request. A department spokesman declined to comment on the lawmakers’ letter.

Under the terms of his parole, which could last five years or longer, Mr. Pollard must get prior approval for any travel outside the district where he lives.

Mr. Pollard’s lawyers have said he plans to live in the New York area, but would very much like to live in Israel. The White House has already signaled the president wouldn’t intervene to allow Mr. Pollard to leave the country, meaning any decision would come from the Justice Department.

The Pollard case has long been a source of tension between the U.S. and Israel, which has argued a life sentence for spying on behalf of a close U.S. partner is too harsh. For decades, Israel had sought Mr. Pollard’s early release, only to be rejected by the U.S. in part because senior intelligence officials strenuously objected.

When Mr. Pollard had a hearing in July, Justice Department officials raised no objections to Mr. Pollard being granted parole.

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U.S. intelligence sources report that the one Israeli who is considered an extreme threat to U.S. national security is former prime minister and current prime minister hopeful Binyamin Netanyahu. Not only has Netanyahu visited convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in his North Carolina prison cell and advocated strenuously for his release, but he was once overheard by an ex-CIA agent as saying to a group of his supporters, "Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away." Considering the damage the neocons and their Israeli facilitators are causing for U.S. national security, Netanyahu may soon have his wish.