A Letter to US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, Regarding Jonathan Pollard
Summary ... US President Obama continually refuses to release Jonathan Pollard from prison (as have previous presidents since Ronald Reagan) despite the fact that many Israeli and US government leaders, including those from the FBI, CIA, NSA and Department of Justice, have called for his release. Contrary to statements spread by uninformed individuals, Pollard was never indicted for harming the United States, for compromising codes, agents, or war plans, nor was he ever charged with treason. Pollard was indicted on only one charge: one count of passing classified information to an ally, without intent to harm the United States, for which the usual sentence is only two to four years.
In an effort to avoid a long and potentially embarrassing trial, both the US and Israeli governments urged Pollard to enter into a plea agreement — in which the government promised not to seek a life sentence. And while Pollard fulfilled his end of the plea agreement, the US government fail to fulfill its part of the agreement. The facts of the case tell a different story than those put forward by his enemies and other anti-semantic and uninformed individuals, e.g., Pollard was never indicted for harming the United States, nor was he ever indicted for compromising codes, agents, or war plans, nor was he ever charged with treason. Pollard was indicted on only one charge: one count of passing classified information to an ally, without intent to harm the United States.
Although the usual punishment for Pollard's offense is up to four years in jail, and although the US government promised a light sentence in exchange for his cooperation, Pollard was condemned to life imprisonment, a punishment considered excessive for passing even highly sensitive information to a friendly country. This sentence was handed down — in spite of the plea agreement — despite the fact that he was never accused of delivering classified information to an enemy of the United States. Rather, he was accused of delivering such information to Israel, a close and staunch US ally.
In addition to those listed below, former Federal Bureau of Investigation head William Webster, who headed the bureau during Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard's arrest, told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview this week that he would no longer oppose US President Barack Obama commuting Pollard's life sentence to time served.
One fact that stands out significantly is that while the United States continues to refuse to honor the plea agreement it made with Pollard, it demands that Israel release hundreds of terrorists who have been tried and convicted of committing multiple, heinous murders, of whom many of the victims are US citizens.
The following is a letter by Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President Emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel and Co-Chairman of American Friends of the International Young Israel Movement, Israel Region.
Dear Ambassador Shapiro,
Jonathan Pollard began his 29th year in prison this week for his activities on behalf of Israel, a staunch ally of the United States. 
Mr. Ambassador, you were recently asked, at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, held this year in Jerusalem, about presidential clemency for Jonathan Pollard. Your response? "Unusual circumstances are required for President Obama to get involved in the matter ... There is no reason to expect that the [Pollard] matter will be handled differently."
The president, prime minister and Knesset of an allied nation, Israel, ask the president of the United States to release their citizen, after Israel's public apology — and that's not unusual?
Former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz, who was the sitting secretary at the time of Pollard's arrest, says it's time to release Pollard — and that's not unusual?
Former directors of the FBI, CIA, NSA and Department of Justice, who have all seen the Pollard file, say it's time to release Pollard — and that's not unusual?
Dennis Ross, Special Envoy to the Middle East for President Clinton, writes in his memoirs that even though he believes that Jonathan Pollard's life sentence is disproportionate and that Pollard deserves to go free, unconditionally, he still strongly advised the president not to free him. Why? Because Pollard is far too valuable as a bargaining chip with Israel to be released as a matter of simple justice. And that's not unusual?
Mr. Ambassador, a recent editorial in the Jerusalem Post stated:
"Pollard long ago used up all of his legal remedies pursuing justice, but the American justice system failed to provide any relief. This is incomprehensible, since the conduct of the case blatantly violated every concept of justice that America holds dear.
- A grossly disproportionate sentence,
- A broken plea agreement,
- The use of secret evidence,
- A false charge of treason,
- Ineffective assistance of counsel,
- Ex parte communication between prosecutors and judge,
- A lack of due process,
- A sentencing procedure infected by false allegations and lies."
Any one of these reasons would be sufficient grounds for presidential intervention; how much more so when there are eight! And that's not unusual?
Murderers released but Pollard remains jailed
Former Director of the CIA James Woolsey, speaking at a security conference in New York this month, when asked about Pollard, and when asked what he would tell President Obama, responded that he would tell the president to forget that Pollard is a Jew and just release him — and that's not unusual?
Mr. Ambassador, this entire situation is unusual!
I, too, was in Israel for the General Assembly.
After your comments, Yuli Edelstein, former Russian refusenik and current Speaker of the Knesset, opened the session of Knesset with a public request for his release.
Nir Barkat, the recently re-elected mayor of Jerusalem, welcomed the delegates of the General Assembly to Jerusalem, and commented, "There is one special person missing from this event, Jerusalem's honorary citizen, Jonathan Pollard. We want him home, in Jerusalem, very soon."
Natan Sharansky, former Russian refusenik, former Israel MK and Israel Government Minister, and current chairman of the Jewish Agency, speaking at the closing ceremony of the General Assembly, said 29 years is far too long; Pollard must be released; this gross injustice must end.
Mr. Ambassador, the entire Pollard case is unusual and, as such, requires that President Obama respond. Pollard's petition for executive clemency has been sitting on the president's desk since October 2010. All it requires is the president's signature. It's time!
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