Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Watch List: Pollard on the Plate?

Today's Wall Street Journal notes Roi Lachmanovitch, a spokesman for Israel's right-wing Shas party says, "We are planning on putting the Pollard issue on the agenda when Bush arrives." The goal? A pardon for Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. intelligence analyst. President Bush and earlier presidents have refused to grant a pardon and National Security Council spokeswoman Kate Starr says the U.S. position on Pollard hasn't changed. The article notes:

Mr. Pollard's most-vociferous backers have been anything but discreet. When President Bush came to Israel in January, the first visit here of his White House tenure, they plastered the sides of Jerusalem buses with ads comparing the U.S. president with the leaders of the Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Each is holding captured Israeli soldiers.
The Journal also says Pollard "claimed he was acting as a loyal Jew worried about Israel's survival, but he also received some $50,000 from the Israeli government, along with a promise that more cash would follow. " See Wall Street Journal article here.

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