Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has numerous advocates close to President Obama advocating his release from a life sentence. Pollard betrayed his fellow US citizens and should only be released if he can be used as bargaining chip to move US interests forward -- meaning a real deal on an Israel-Palestine two state arrangement.
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Former Florida Congressman Robert Wexler, a confidante to President Barack Obama, on Middle East matters has written to the President asking that convicted Israel spy Jonathan Pollard be released. Wexler, whom I respect, joins some other progressives like former Reagan administration defense official and Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Lawrence Korb in calling for a pardon of Pollard.
As I've written before, I think Pollard is a first class traitor to the United States -- someone whose betrayal is worse because he worked for an ally. That's a worse breach of trust than if Pollard had been working for Cuba or China or Iran.
Wexler, who serves as President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, should know that the only way to get Pollard released is to treat him as pawn in the chess match over Israel's future relations with Palestine and the Arab region.