Jonathan Pollard is again on the slave block, an object of extortion once again offered by the US in exchange for something it demands Israel do against its own interests. This tantalizing offer of release repeatedly withdrawn at the last moment is par for the course for Arabists in the US Government. Pollard would rather remain a Prisoner of Zion, hostage used by US, grudgingly, if at all surrendered. What follows is my reply to an article appearing in multiple Israel journals today. Written in moments as I am leaving for work, it expresses my deepest concerns regarding US intentions, love for our hostage of the US Government.
I have been writing for years on the crass manipulation by US government Arabist bureaucrats and politicians, including serial US presidents, in dealing with the continuing tragedy (farce) of institutional antisemitism that has characterized the Pollard Affair. Israel manipulated by leaked press reports at key points in negotiations is just the most obvious such. And certainly the present situation, an American Jewish hostage for “hundreds of Palestinian terrorists, just to provide the administration the fig leaf of “effort” in the impossible drama of a “peace process” which, in the end, will end in predictable disaster and intifada.
Jonathan has numerous times in the past emphatically rejected release as exchange for terrorists. He has made this clear again today in the press. In the end Obama will do what Obama will do. And in the end Jonathan will not have a say regarding his fate.
Do I hope Jonathan Pollard will be freed, of course. May this final act of intergovernmental extortion achieve this? If he does achieve freedom the result, perhaps this well represent a sort of poetic ending to his travail, our thirty years a Prisoner of Zion: For the US, with its “never negotiate with terrorists” policy to use Pollard to force Israel to release those terrorists, to violate (at a distance) its own professed “principles” will demonstrate for one and all the hypocrisy, criminality and antisemitism of its 30 years torture in guise of justice, our Jonathan Pollard.
And just a reminder, Bibi: Pollard was offered you by Clinton at WyeRiver in 2000. Make sure our prisoner is in Israel BEFORE you release those terrorists!