Lieberman and Pollard
Arutz7 - August 21, 2000
Despite - or because of - Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen.
Joseph Lieberman's outspoken objections to calling for the release of
Jonathan Pollard, the Forward reports that Jewish leaders across the
religious spectrum are renewing calls to commute Pollard's
Pollard is serving an unprecedented life term for transferring
American military secrets to Israel. Lieberman led a group of 61
senators who signed a letter last year urging President Clinton to
resist "political intervention" in the case.
"Nevertheless, Mr. Lieberman is in an enviable position now to end
this," said the Executive Vice President of the National Council of the
Young Israel, Rabbi Pesach Lerner. "He can solve the problem."
One of his counterparts in the Reform movement, Rabbi Eric
Yoffie, President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, was
more pessimistic. "I don't think we will see any flexibility," he said.
"[Lieberman's position] lets Gore off the hook... If an observant
religious candidate is against Pollard's release, why shouldn't Gore
Yoffie added an extra consideration: "You have to assume that part of
[Lieberman's] thinking on this matter is that he doesn't want to be
accused of dual loyalty."
It has in fact been widely reported that in a private
conversation with Jonathan Pollard's father, Senator Lieberman
indicated that a primary concern of his with the case was the issue of
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