The Pollard Scorecard
Jewish Press (NY) - Editorial - February 25, 2000
In the current Presidential sweepstakes it is a sad commentary on the
Jewish community and its leadership that not one of the Presidential
contenders even sees the need to pander on the release of Jonathan
Pollard. As we noted several weeks ago, Republican Presidential
aspirant, Senator John McCain unequivocally opposes his release.
Governor George Bush has managed to avoid taking a position. On the
Democratic side, Vice President Al Gore says he would follow the
recommendation of the Justice Department, which is tantamount to
opposition to release and which is also curious because President
Clinton went against the recommendations of the Justice Department and
other agencies and released the convicted FALN terrorists. And former
Senator Bill Bradley, parroting Hillary Clinton says that he will take
no position because he has not seen the file on Pollard.
In truth the only candidate for high office who has steadfastly - even
before becoming a senatorial candidate - and strongly supported
Pollard's release is New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. And it is ironic that
he is the only one with the credentials to really know what he is
talking about. The mayor was the number three official at the Justice
Department under Ronald Reagan and was also the United States Attorney
for the Southern District of New York, perhaps the most prestigious such
office in the nation. And given his performance as Mayor, no one would
accuse him of being "soft on crime."
Disappointingly, one major Orthodox organization [the OU] has taken to
listing the 19 issues our community should keep in mind in the current
primary season, and guess what appears dead last as number 19. Yes,
seemingly almost as an afterthought, "Release of Jonathan Pollard." All
the issues are important, but this is a decidedly wrong message to send.
This is the time to seek help for Jonathan Pollard from those who seek
our support. Indeed, if not now, when?