The JT’s July 4 editorial “Peres, Dershowitz, Obama — and Pollard” overlooked the bigger picture. For example, the legal scholars’ letter to the president cited claimed that Pollard’s sentence was “unprecedented … disproportionate.”
The issue is American exceptionalism. An exceptional — unprecedented — crime warrants no less than an exceptional — disproportionate — punishment. There is one overriding, super-salient fact that sets the Pollard case apart from those of other Americans caught spying for so-called friendly or neutral countries: Not only has America been Israel’s only truly reliable ally in a hostile world — especially at the United Nations — but also the U.S. taxpayer has long subsized Israel, most recently to the tune of a $3 billion appropriation.
Whoever heard of a country generously underwriting another nation and then that nation turning around and spying on its financial patron and long-term political savior?
Indeed, according to media reports, Israel constantly ranks in the top tier of nations actively engaging in industrial and military espionage against the United States. Forget about executive clemency for Pollard, who has renounced his U.S. citizenship. Let him serve out his full term.
If it had been up to me, I would have exchanged Pollard for Gilad Shalit, instead of Israel releasing all those Palestinian prisoners.