J4JP & The Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2012
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks in Jerusalem yesterday, indicating that there is no expectation that the U.S. will release Jonathan Pollard after an unprecedented 27 years in prison, stunned her Israeli hosts and marred the warm reception she received from the Israeli public.
Incredibly, the U.S. Secretary of State did not offer any explanation as to why the U.S. wants to keep the aging and very ill Pollard in prison forever. She simply replied that Pollard was "sentenced to life in prison" and is "serving that sentence."
In what can only be regarded as unmitigated gall, while deflecting Israel's requests for the release of Pollard, Mrs. Clinton pressed Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres to release a number of convicted murderers and terrorists to the Palestinian Authority, who she also said were "sentenced to life in prison " and are "serving that sentence."
CLINTON IS NOT THE DECISION MAKER, OBAMA IS
As official US policy, Clinton's remarks represent a resounding slap in the face, to President Peres, to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and to the People of Israel.
Her remarks are also an affront to the American people, to the numerous Senior American officials and U.S. elected representatives who are calling for Pollard's release; to the American Jewish community and its leaders; and to honest people around the world who care about justice for Pollard.
However, Clinton is not the decision maker. President Obama is, and he still owes an official response to the numerous formal requests for Jonathan Pollard's release which he has received over the last 2 years.
As long as no response is forthcoming from the president, there is a disturbing sense that the U.S. is simply ignoring the compelling and urgent issues of this case.
NO CONCERN FOR JUSTICE OR COMPASSION
Extrapolating what appears to be the current U.S. position on the Pollard case from Clinton's remarks, it seems that the values of justice and compassion are of absolutely no concern to the Obama Administration.
Issues that the Obama Administration continues to ignore include:
It should be noted that in 2000 while campaigning for the US Senate, Hillary Clinton stated said she had concerns about "due process issues regarding Jonathan Pollard's sentence." What happened to those concerns? Surely the passage of another 12 years in prison since 2000 have done nothing to allay concerns that there is something radically wrong with Pollard's sentence.
Clinton's public rebuff of Israel's urgent humanitarian appeal to the U.S. to save Pollard's life flies in the face of the public statements she made on this trip, reaffirming the unbreakable ties and strong friendship between the two countries.
It is incumbent upon President Obama, in support of the US- Israel special relationship and in support of our shared values of justice and compassion to respond favorably and expeditiously to the numerous requests for Jonathan Pollard's immediate release.