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Washington - Biden Meets Jewish Leaders over Pollard Release

Published on: November 22, 2011 07:52 AM
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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.

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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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 Nov 22, 2011 at 09:09 AM kept in the dark Says:

There is something they will never ever disclose about this case. There is NO other explanation to this story... This huge thick wall built around this man and his case can only be explained by the "unknown" factor... Something they can't afford to disclose, or some information he may have which is far more lethal to the U.S. Then what we can imagine...

It seems like in that letter the outgoing president leaves on the desk in the oval office to the incoming president, says: johnathan polard is not to be released from prison, alive!

Nebech, poor soul!

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 09:18 AM YJay1 Says:

Let's hope to hear some good news in the near future.

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 09:29 AM Insider Says:

Worthless. The only person that has the power and sidcretion to release Jonathan Pollard is the President of the United States. Last time we checked, Barak Obama is still breathing. Which means that Joe Biden is Vice President and in that capacity, he is powerless to do anything. Joe Biden should have been sentenced to 27 years in jail for plagarizing.

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM Truth Says:

Read my post regarding Pollard under the topic of "Pres. Pardons etc." The only language they understand is the Vote. Vote these people out of office now! The Jewish community should demand that Presidential candidates promise his release before we support a candidate for the Oval Office!

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM ChachoMoe Says:

Reply to #1  
kept in the dark Says:

There is something they will never ever disclose about this case. There is NO other explanation to this story... This huge thick wall built around this man and his case can only be explained by the "unknown" factor... Something they can't afford to disclose, or some information he may have which is far more lethal to the U.S. Then what we can imagine...

It seems like in that letter the outgoing president leaves on the desk in the oval office to the incoming president, says: johnathan polard is not to be released from prison, alive!

Nebech, poor soul!

I agree, there is no doubt, something behind the scenes, indicating some damage that can not be undone. Note: Even Joe Lieberman was against his release, after reviewing his case...so what would you expect from Obama and Biden...over his dead body... if you remember, Clinton was considering his release as well (as part of "peace negotiating" pkg with Netanyahu and Arafat..as per Netanyahu's) and later backed out!

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM sayididit Says:

"The only person that has the power and sidcretion to release Jonathan Pollard is the President of the United States"
Correct that, the only power is Hashem.

However, you make a good point. Obama is still breathing, unfortunately!

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Polard has become, after twenty six years, a political prisoner. He is a pawn, who is being used to exact more concessions out of the Israelis. If he was an ordinary schlemiel, he would have been paroled a long time ago. However, whenever a prisoner becomes a celebrity, the Government digs in its heels. I doubt if Obama will do anything, as the only thing on his mind right now, is getting reelected in 2012. After that, he could care less.

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 01:37 PM Truth Says:

"They claim this money is to help "free" him, yet they have NEVER asked that he be paroled? EVER."

You keep posting this nonsense. I'll repeat the answer for the millionth time - All the legal experts are against going this route, but I guess you know more law than them!!

"He originally tried to sell the same information to Russia and again to Australia at a much higher price."

What Proof do you have? Reading and/or hearing something somewhere is just libel and/or slander!

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 01:45 PM Scranton Says:

I think Pollard has the knowledge of the nuclear program, not just the knowledge of it's inner workings( every scientist that worked on the program knows that) but,he knows the exact sequence codes of the firing of nuclear missiles and also the exact locations and quantities of the US stockpile of nuclear arms.....meaning, the amount of nuclear capabilities might not be as large as the US really has. And yes, firing sequences can be changed, not the knowledge of just how many nuclear missiles and they're precise locations( anyone remember a gentleman by the name of Mordechai Vannunu?)

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

I've noticed that Mr. PMO in FL, always gets worked up regarding Pollard. He keeps posting unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations about Pollard, which were never even brought out in court. For the first time, he alleged that Pollard was an "atheist". I'm curious to know where thatscholarly research pertaining to Pollard emanated from?

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 05:35 PM Anonymous Says:

They could have used some more heavy weight big donor Yidden to the Democrats included in this group.

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 Nov 22, 2011 at 06:41 PM YJay1 Says:

That picture of Biden is worth a million dollars! Very telling....

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

I've noticed that Mr. PMO in FL, always gets worked up regarding Pollard. He keeps posting unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations about Pollard, which were never even brought out in court. For the first time, he alleged that Pollard was an "atheist". I'm curious to know where thatscholarly research pertaining to Pollard emanated from?

Good point. Perhaps "atheist" was a stretch. What I meant was that he showed no care for Torah or Judaism growing up. He was a zionist, but that no way implies he cared anything about H" or Torah.

So yes, "atheist" was a bit of a stretch. You got me.

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 09:46 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #13  
YJay1 Says:

That picture of Biden is worth a million dollars! Very telling....

WHat does it tell you? It could be a photo from any event.

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