In answer to my previous question – no, they didn’t. Release Jonathan Pollard to go to his father’s funeral, that is.
Not only did the US administration not allow Pollard to visit his dying father – just like they did not allow him to visit his dying mother or go to her funeral – they did not permit him to attend his father’s funeral either.
To add insult to injury, the US administration, in their utter contempt for Israel and its leaders, did not even deign to give an answer – even a negative one – to Israeli and Jewish community requests for compassionate leave for Jonathan Pollard.
Sources close to the family say they are extremely disappointed that the US did not heed Israel’s pleas. Moreover, they were not even honored with a negative response, the sources say, and received only silence on the part of the US authorities.
Such is the way the US repays it friends. I am not talking about Jonathan Pollard who is considered a criminal in America. I am talking about the State of Israel and Jonathan’s late father Morris z”l, who as an American hero should have been accorded the dignity of his dying wish to see his son one last time and allow him to attend the funeral.
“The family expected different treatment, especially since Morris endangered his life for the state,” one source said.
“During World War II, when there was a need to perform urgent vaccination experiments he volunteered to have them tried on him despite the risk to his life. And this doesn’t even mention the many lives he saved as a researcher of cancer and other fields.”
The sad truth is we shouldn’t be surprised. With Obama at the helm in the White House, and having seen the way he has treated America’s allies, from Britain to Europe to Egypt to Israel, and the way he has pandered to America’s enemies, it would have been a miracle if Pollard had received his furlough or if Israel had been given the honour of an answer – any answer at all.
Forget looking at Israel – this, my friends, is what chutzpah looks like.