Friday, October 1, 2010

Jonathan Pollard? No Gift For Netanyahu

I can't see Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu giving the United States anything for the release of Jewish prisoner Jonathan Jay Pollard.  It's not that any truly moral human being thinks that he should still be in prison, it's just that Bibi does not want  to embolden the Pollard protest movement which is extremely Right wing Israeli and uncompromising.   And they're angry, not only angry with the United States for its totally out of proportion and unprecedented punishment of Pollard for giving information to an ally, but they're furious with the Israeli governments and Intelligence establishment for abandoning Pollard for decades.

Jonathan and Esther Pollard are a couple of loose cannons, and there's no doubt in my mind that at this point in time the Israeli government is terrified of what they would say unmuzzled.

So, to whoever had that idea of bribing Bibi to continue the Jewish YESHA building freeze in exchange for Pollard, you're barking up the wrong tree!


Keli Ata said...

That's an excellent point. I hadn't thought of what effect releasing Pollard would have on Right wing Israelis. The momentum of his release could create a real and dangerous to the Left political movement.

Bibi could always lie about extending the freeze until Pollard is released and after he's free tell Obama where to go.

Batya said...

Maybe I wasn't clear. The Left is terrified of him. Bibi is a fence-sitter, trying to please both and angering all.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying the Pollards might destroy the Israeli establishment?

The longer Mr. Pollard sits in prison because of the Israeli government's inaction, the more they will be deserving of destruction, regardless of the reaction of Lovers of Israel everywhere.

Perhaps HaShem has a particularly spectacular form of destruction in mind for them.

CDG, Yerushalayim

Batya said...

Yes, for sure successive Israeli governments have not done the right thing by him.