MKs urge Romney to support clemency for Pollard

Letter similar to that previously delivered to Clinton calls on Republican presidential candidate to endorse Israeli agent’s release.

Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office delivered a letter from Knesset faction heads to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday, urging him to support clemency for Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.

The heads of every non-Arab Knesset faction from Meretz to the National Union, representing 109 MKs, signed the letter. A similar letter was delivered to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two weeks ago.

“We, the heads of the Knesset factions, the elected representatives of the citizens of Israel, want to bring a deeply painful issue to your attention, the plight of Jonathan Pollard,” the MKs wrote. “It is not disputed that Jonathan Pollard broke the law and he deserved to be punished.

Nevertheless, the citizens of Israel are united in their request for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds. He has served nearly 27 years in prison and his health has deteriorated to a point that is life-threatening.”

The letter pointed out that Pollard is the only person in the history of the US to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. It noted that the maximum punishment ever meted out for that offense was 14 years.

“The citizens of Israel have great difficulty in accepting this fact, especially in light of the special, warm relationship between our countries,” the MKs wrote. “Many Israelis have verbalized their concern thus: ‘How can it be that Pollard serves the same sentence that is meted out only to those who have spied for the very worst of America’s enemies?’” The MKs urged Romney to follow in the footsteps of current and former senior American officials who have endorsed Pollard’s release.

Unlike Clinton, Romney did not make any public statements about Pollard on his Israel visit. The matter was raised in his private meetings.

In his only public comments about Pollard so far, Romney told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in December that he was “open to examining” the case.

The Knesset State Control Committee will convene Tuesday to monitor the government’s efforts to bring about Pollard’s release.

The Prime Minister’s Office told committee chairman Uri Ariel (National Union) that despite his requests, it would not send representatives to the meeting.

  1. #1 by ruby22-kate on 07/31/2012 - 9:34

    “Pollard has served nearly 27 years”….The life sentence hasn’t deterred the israelis from spying, on the contrary; most spies are merely deported. I’m not in favor of capitol punishment, but since we have it, what Pollard did certainly deserves it.

  2. #2 by Kamal on 07/31/2012 - 9:34

    ugh..why don’t these filthy,dirty Jews leave America alone?? a spy is a spy and he should face the sentence like any other criminal. why Jews always get the special treatment is beyond me.

  3. #3 by Gary on 07/31/2012 - 9:34

    If only someone would do what our traitorous government didn’t do when they caught this pos. Give him death.

  4. #4 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 07/31/2012 - 9:34

    Pollard should have received the death sentence like the Rosenbergs. If only he’d been sentenced to death, as he should have been, we wouldn’t have to go through this nonsense with Israel and they would think twice about spying on us again.

  5. #5 by NAeem on 07/31/2012 - 9:34

    Oh yeah romney will give the traitor a pardon believe that.

  6. #6 by Peter on 07/31/2012 - 9:34

    Pollard is lucky he didn’t get the death penalty – little doubt, though, that Mitt will spring the scum if he’s elected

  7. #7 by m6c9d2000 on 08/01/2012 - 9:34

    Folks please don’t ever forget that Pollards TREASON led directly to the death of at least 1,100 Americans! This is the reason he was given LIFE in prison!

    They should have put him to death, and saved the American Tax Payer millions!

    Do it now so there is no more discussion about this!

    US Army Veteran
    Marc C. Daniele
    Hercy, Mo.

  8. #8 by Lydia on 08/01/2012 - 9:34

    Agreed. Pollard should have been given the immediate death penalty (for treason and espionage) 27 years ago. It would have sent Israel a clear message. Instead, as long as he is kept alive, the more Israel knew that they could continue to spy and dismantle our national security more than they ever have. Maybe it’s not too late.

  9. #9 by Ingrid B on 08/01/2012 - 9:34

    It just occurred to me, that the bunch of warmongering traitors running the US, probably have Pollard locked up in the luxurious spa they laughingly call a prison, to keep him safe..

  10. #10 by Woofie on 08/01/2012 - 9:34

    Life threatening?? A firing squad would’ve been life threatening! The Jews sure want this traitor spy released badly, huh? So he can fly home to Israel as a national hero. F-U Israel! You’re lucky we haven’t nuked you into dust.

  11. #11 by Ponders70 on 08/01/2012 - 9:34

    Kill the dog!

  12. #12 by William Entsminger on 08/02/2012 - 9:34

    Yes by all means send Pollard to Israel. We are not a country anymore. We are an occupied terratory. As such we have no right to hold political prisoners. Keeping Pollard mistakenly makes people think that the U.S. has some kind of power over Israel. It does’nt. So why keep up the charade? Send him to Israel where he will get a heros welcome and be done with it. One thing we should have learned from 911 is to give Israel whatever they want or else. I don’t see why innocent Americans should over this.

  13. #13 by Woofie on 08/03/2012 - 9:34

    Pollard is in a “country club” Federal prison in N. Carolina. He wanders the halls and grounds, eats kosher food, watches TV, probably has a computer.

    Short of a firing squad, he should never have seen the light of day again.

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