There is a renewed push to have convicted spy Jonathan Pollard released from prison on humanitarian grounds due to failing health. I will endure the sure to come flogging by my fellow Jews by continuing to stand in the Jewish minority who believe that such discretionary release by President Obama should not be granted.
I am aware of all the arguments that have been made over the years pro and con. No point in renewing them. Nothing new is out there. The justice system in application unfortunately is rarely fair. The bottom line is that Pollard has had remedies to challenge the sentence and seek his release and has for the most part used them. He is also free to ask for parole. Our legal system is not perfect but he had the opportunity to use it. The courts were and are unobstructed to him. Everything else is just noise.
In the end, spying against your country and mine is terrible regardless of whether it is done for an ally. It is deserving of the harshest possible sentence. Pollard certainly received a harsher sentence than any one else convicted of similar crimes. That sucks but it was within the range of sentencing. I am for even harsher sentencing of those who betray our trust and compromise our safety. To quote the ever wise Tony Baretta” If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime”, especially when you betray your country and mine.