Washington - Biden Meets Jewish Leaders over Pollard Release
Last updated on: November 22, 2011 11:42 AM
Washington - US Vice President Joe Biden kept his promise and met with seven Jewish-American leaders on Monday to discuss the fate of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard on the 26th anniversary of his arrest.
Biden, who is believed to be vehemently opposed to releasing Pollard, mainly listened as the Jewish leaders told him that both Republican and Democratic leaders are in favor of pardoning the convicted spy due to his ailing health, among other reasons.
The leaders added that Pollard is the only person in the history of the US to serve 26 years in jail for spying for a friendly nation and presented data according to which the average sentence for similar crimes of espionage is only two to four years.
The leaders also mentioned several cases in which people who were convicted for spying on behalf of enemy states or entities received much lighter sentences. For example, they said, a man who spied for al-Qaeda and disclosed information which could have led to the death of American soldiers was sentenced to only 10 years in prison.
One of the Jewish leaders described the meeting as “important,” but refused to give any further details.
VIN News learned. Those in attendance included: Michael Adler, a community leader from Miami, Florida; Abraham Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League; Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Dr. Simcha Katz, President, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President, Rabbinical Assembly; and Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism.
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