Many Jews and Israelis are proud and happy that an Israeli was honored in such a way. I'm not. Peres has been an active participant in Israeli politics and policy for many, too many decades. Lots and lots (I'm sick of writing "many") Israelis and Jews have high hopes that he'll return home with Jonathan Pollard.
I also wish that Pollard would be released, but I can't see Peres as his savior.
|Dry Bones from 1987|
Shimon Peres was in a high political position, Prime Minister of Israel, when Pollard was captured and arrested. That makes Peres very much part of the original problem.
Very few Israeli politicians came to Pollard's aid and support in the early years of his incarceration. The most dedicated, to him to this day, has been Geula Cohen who was then a Member of Knesset.
I think it's ridiculously ironic and naive for people to think that Peres will fight for Jonathan Pollard's release without first admitting his own guilt and involvement.
One of the reasons I have absolutely nothing to do with the official "free Jonathan Pollard" organization is because it ignores the full history of Pollard's arrest and punishment. The Pollard family has been totally rejected and pushed away from the issue, as if they are the enemy, the cause of the problem. And people like Peres, who actually were involved --the guy was Israeli Prime Minister at the time of the arrest-- are considered the good guys. That makes me very suspicious of the entire organization.
My husband worked for former MK Geula Cohen at the time of Pollard's arrest. Geula immediately got involved trying to get Israel to help Pollard and his wife Anne. (Yes, for those who may be unaware, Pollard had been married to Anne Henderson at the time of his arrest. She was later arrested and spent some time in jail; then she moved to Israel and then went back to the states.) My husband had even been sent to visit Pollard in jail twice.
It's a moral and legal crime that Jonathan Pollard is still in prison, and I have no doubt that his official supporters are just continuing bungling the campaign to free him.