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|*Questionable "New" Spy Case Calculated to Pressure Israel
J4JPnews Release -April 23, 2008*
The US has put Israel on the defensive once again, with breaking "news"
in the American media, accusing Israel of running a spy in the US prior
to the Pollard case.
This is not the first time that American officials have put Israel on
the defensive to further a particular political agenda. Nor is this the
first time that the Americans have done so by breaking a news story
accusing Israel of spying in the US. The latest accusations against
Ben-Ami Kadish of New Jersey, an
84-year old former employee of the US Army, is just one more round.
It is not clear for how many years the US has been sitting on this
"breaking news" story waiting for the right moment to hurl new
accusations against Israel, and falsely and unfairly target Jonathan
Pollard by association.
In the past, as soon as the news hype dies down and Israel is on the
defensive, the inflated accusations in the American media somehow fade
into oblivion, and the only thing that remains is the damage that has
been done to Jonathan Pollard by association.
Unlike other espionage cases in the US, which are dealt with on a case
by case basis, every accusation against Israel is yielded like a club
against Jonathan Pollard – as if the 23 years he has served is somehow
not enough to make up for all of the sins of Israel.
In media interviews in Israel today, Esther Pollard expressed
disappointment at the failure of Israeli politicians, particularly the
Prime Minister, to articulate clearly that the accusations against
Kadish in the US, are in no way related to Jonathan Pollard's issue;
that Pollard has more than served his time, and that Israel intends to
seek his immediate release, separate and apart from any other issue.
Esther Pollard pointed out that Israeli politicians have no shame in
making public pronouncements to advance the release of a Palestinian
terrorist murderer who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli
jail, but can't find their tongue to articulate concern for Jonathan, an
Israeli agent in peril, who has served 23 years of a life sentence for
his activities on behalf of Israel.
Pollard, she said, has served more than 5 times the usual sentence for
the offense he committed. He is ill and in danger of life and death. The
US has promised his release on a number of occasions – including a
commitment at the Wye Summit in 1998. Israel released 750 Palestinian
terrorists as the price for Pollard at Wye, but the US has yet to honor
its end of the deal by releasing Pollard. According to Dennis Ross, a US
senior official at Wye, Pollard's release was withheld at the time, only
because the US regards him as too valuable a "bargaining chip" and
needed for use against Israel in final status talks.
When asked by Israel's Channel One TV News what impact this latest story
will have on chances for her husband's release, Esther responded, "It
will have whatever impact Prime Minister Olmert chooses for it to have.
To date, Olmert has still not made an official request for Jonathan's
release. It is time for the Prime Minister to discharge his legal and
moral responsibility, to save the life of an Israeli agent in peril, who
has already served a grossly disproportionate sentence. There is solid
support for Jonathan's release. Every senior American official familiar
with the case and the secret files –people like James Woolsey, former
head of the CIA and Senator Dennis DeConcini, former head of the Senate
Intelligence Committee at the time of Jonathan's arrest – have been on
record for years saying it is time to release Jonathan Pollard. There is
no excuse that trumps the 23 years that Jonathan has already served in
Esther Pollard noted the suspicious timing of the breaking "news" story,
just prior to President Bush's anticipated visit to the region. She
urged the Prime Minister not to be deterred by this blatant attempt to
put Israel on the defensive; and to simply do the right thing: "Bring
Jonathan home now, alive, in time for Israel's 60th anniversary!"
What's Really behind the Screaming Headlines about the Arrest of an
Octogenarian Spy for Israel?
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