Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Strongly Opposes Letter for Clemency for Jonathan Pollard

September 2010

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) strongly opposes a letter being circulated by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and others urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard. They hope to present the letter to President Obama for his consideration by the middle of October.

Such a letter must not be signed and should be withdrawn from circulation.

The letter has been seen as a bribe to Israel during a period of difficult Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and as a blatant campaign ploy just weeks before an election.

While the JWV is a strong supporter of the State of Israel, Pollard should not be afforded treatment any different from that given to any other convicted spy. The fact that he ultimately spied for a country that is an ally of the United States does not change the fact that he spied against his own country.

His sentence is commensurate with those given other convicted spies, such as Aldrich Ames and Robert Hansen. That he spied for Israel, a US ally, does not excuse his offense.

While the JWV firmly supports the existence and security of Israel, our loyalties are first and foremost to the United States, in whose military the members of the JWV have proudly served.

The position of the Israeli government during peace negotiations must depend on what is best for the security of Israel, not on a possible "bribe" from the United States, which must serve in good faith as a facilitator of such negotiations. Such a blatant ploy as this letter is an insult to both countries and to the Jews of America.

Pollard has been convicted in a court of law. He has spied against his own country. His fate should remain within the Justice system and not be used as a ploy to influence negotiations or elections.


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