An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich
The Jewish Press - Friday, November 27, 1998 - Page 94
Dear Mr. Gingrich,
I read in last week's paper how you had joined with other
Congressional leaders in opposing the release of Jonathan Pollard from
You and your Republican colleagues described him as a "traitor" and his
offense of spying for Israel as "treason".
But Pollard was not convicted of treason, he was convicted only
a distinction that was hammered home by Circuit Judge Stephen F.
his dissenting opinion in Pollard's 1992 appeal; US V. Pollard, 295 US
at 31-32, 959 F2d 1011 at 1035-1036. Treason, as you certainly know
is defined clearly in the U.S. Constitution, and it is "only" the giving
aid to "the enemy" or the waging of "war" against the United States. In
characterizing Pollard's behavior a "treason" it is clear that you have
characterized the State of Israel as an "enemy" of the United States.
Even during the darkest days of the Cold War, Americans caught
spying for the
Soviet Union were not convicted of treason but rather of espionage, like
Pollard. For you to recast the technical description of his offense
that you believe that Israel is more of an enemy than the USSR ever was.
I have been a Republican for a very long time, and even a
Republican outreach to Jewish voters, but I must reconsider the wisdom
in view of your statement on behalf of the entire Republican leadership
casting Israel as our enemy and clandestine work for Israel as
levying war against the United States.
Bernard J. Sussman
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