October 3, 1995 - Charley Levine - Letter To The Editor
The articulate editorial arguing against linkage of Jonathan Pollard's commutation
of sentence to "other issues" is as compelling as a stirring defense of the flat
earth theory...and just as irrelevant.
The issue is
not that the merits of the situation demand Pollard's release. No
argument. If it were as simple as that, he would have been out by now. Rather
the reality is
how can we ensure that he is released, and what measures will
bring it about?
Linkage between Pollard and the peace process, or between him and assorted
Israeli traitors or captive Hamas sheikhs may have no logical thread in common
save one: Put the two together and a pretext or cause for release might be
hammered out where otherwise none yet exists.
Many are convinced that the "ultimate" linkage would win the prisoner's freedom
in 24 hours and have him in Israel within 48. Were Prime Minister Rabin to tell
President Clinton "Due to intense pressures at home, I cannot move ahead with
the peace process until you give me one confidence building measure that
virtually no one else in the world cares about...Jonathan Pollard," we would see
the commutation of the sentence. Logical? Perhaps not. Practical? Without a
Charley J. Levine
See Also: The Pollard Proposal