It is pure coincidence that Jonathan Pollard’s 30 year parole happens to coincide with the conclusion of the nuclear agreement between the US and Iran. If you believe that I have bridge I want to sell you. If you were negotiating a deal that is very unpopular in Israel and you looked around for a sop to throw the Israelis to take attention away from the Iranian deal, what would you find? Why Pollard of course.
Pollard is and always has been a pawn in the dirty game of politics between the US and Israel. When he was first sentenced to life imprisonment for a spying offence against an ally that has normally been given a 2-5 years sentence, a Jewish friend of mine in the State Dept. said “this is a message to all American Jews not to become too cosy with Israel.” It was a case of public intimidation of all Jewish US Govt. employees and politicians, help Israel too much and this can happen to you, you are all suspect. It was a variation on the “divided loyalty” accusation.
How did it happen? I think the answer will be found in the infamous letter that then Secty. of State Casper Weinberger sent secretly to the Judge in Pollard’s case, that has not been released to the public even 30 years later. Weinberger, who was a Jew, but passed as a Christian, in order to avoid any blame himself, obviously asked the judge to be harsh in his sentencing. But, why? Because he wanted to teach his former fellow Jews a lesson.
Pollard did spy against his own country contrary to law, he has now served his tremendously long sentence. Not to allow him to come immediately to Israel would be “cruel and unusual punishment.”