Bull's Eye! - Editorial, Jewish Press
Mr. President, Why Isn't Contrition Enough For Jonathan Pollard Too?
September 23, 1998 - The Jewish Press (New York)
Whether President Clinton's mea culpa is sincere as some have it,
or woefully inadequate as others contend, his thrust is clear: Let us
get us get past the Lewinsky matter and on with the Nation's business.
It is really a remarkable effort on the part of Mr. Clinton. The
sordidness of his conduct with Ms. Lewinsky has now left us with a
President publicly tainted with private scandal of unprecedented
proportions. And what is being too much overlooked, he is revealed as a
person who has almost certainly lied under oath in legal proceedings,
obstructed justice, tampered with witnesses and abused the power of the
Yet, Mr. Clinton submits that the American People and Congress can
put all that behind them because he has apologized and expressed his
remorse. It occurs to us that Mr. Clinton has had the power to pardon
Jonathan Pollard for six years and though he has repeatedly represented
that he would focus on that issue in his two election campaigns, he has
failed to do so.
Why should an apology work for Bill Clinton but not for Jonathan
Pollard who has already served 13 years in a federal penitentiary? Why
is 13 years of a
disproportionate prison term not enough for Jonathan
Pollard, but a mere apology is enough for Bill Clinton?
The American Jewish Community has to realize once and for all that
as Mr. Clinton's efforts to have no consequences visited upon him, his
failure to treat others similarly, belie the genuineness
of his pleas.
Mr. President, what goes around comes around. We can't help but
feel that had you shown any measure of sympathy for the plight of
Jonathan Pollard, that you would not find yourself in the box you are in