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November 10, 2015 11:07 am

Report: Obama Will Not Intervene to Allow Jonathan Pollard to Move to Israel Upon Release Next Week

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The terms of Pollard’s release stipulate that he remain in the United States, under supervision, for five years. Photo: PD.

The terms of Pollard’s release stipulate that he remain in the United States, under supervision, for five years. Photo: PD.

JNS.org – President Barack Obama will not intervene to allow Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to travel to Israel after his scheduled parole from federal prison next week, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing Obama administration officials.

The terms of Pollard’s release stipulate that he remain in the United States, under supervision, for five years. Obama has the ability to use his executive power to waive that condition and allow Pollard to leave the US, but he will not do so, the report said.

Last week, top Obama adviser Ben Rhodes said, “President Obama has not intervened in the judicial process here in the United States, and that’s been his consistent approach. With respect to the case of Jonathan Pollard, he’s made clear that he wants there to be fair treatment under the law, as there should be with any individual.”

Pollard, 61, has spent nearly three decades in prison for spying for Israel. He was arrested in Washington in 1985 and sentenced to a life term in 1987. An American Jew, Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995. His upcoming parole, scheduled for Nov. 21, was announced in July.

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  • esther noodelman

    When President Obama claims that he wants there to be FAIR TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW he must show that he really means it by releasing our very sick brother who has been abused by the U.S. government by changing a plea bargain that they agreed to after Jonathan went through all kinds of lie detector tests etc to prove that he only passed on information withheld from Israel,a very good ally.The usual prison term is 0-4 years.If you’re a Saudi,it’s 0 years(due to Saudi sensibilities).
    Restore America’s good name and RELEASE JONATHAN POLLARD IMMEDIATELY!

  • esther noodelman

    If Obama really wants there to be fair treatment,he must release our very sick brother after being the only person,a JEW, in the last 30 years to get a life sentence(instead of promised 2-4 years) and NOT prolong it with all kinds of gibberish..5 years waiting etc, knowing the whole case and the injustice perpetrated by all the U.S. governments to date.But now that we in Israel and worldwide have been singled out for ant-Semitic murderous attacks,he must show us Jews that he is not an Anti-Semite by using his power as President to exercise CLEMENCY(MERCY) and RELEASE JONATHAN POLLARD IMMEDIATELY TO HIS WIFE IN ISRAEL!ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  • esther noodelman

    The least Obama can do show that America is a good ally and not as Anti-Semitic as Europe is to use his powers as President of the U.S. and grant Jonathan Pollard immediate clemency(mercy) after the U.S. illegally changed his plea bargain as promised by the U.S. government 30 years ago instead of the 2-4 years granted to other allies.Enough is enough! Release him on Humanitarian grounds and let him go to Israel immediately for immediate urgent medical care.Where is President Rivlin’s passionate plea for urgent Humanitarian grounds?.Where are our Doctors Without Borders and Rabbis for Human Rights that cry out for Arab rights???

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    It’s not a done deal he’ll be released. Obama likely asked Bibi to welcome 300 million Arabs to Israel as a condition.

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