IT’S OK FOR POLLARD TO SPY ON AMERICA, BUT …

It’s a NO NO for the US to do the same to Israel!

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In what appeared to be an attempt to calm the clamor, Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel had constantly sought Pollard’s release and did not need any “special occasion” to discuss his case with Washington: “I just met with Esther Pollard and updated her on our unceasing efforts to free Jonathan.”
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PM: US spying on Israel unacceptable

Netanyahu slams reports regarding NSA’s interception of Israeli prime ministers’ emails, saying ‘In the close ties between Israel and the United States, there are things that must not be done and that are not acceptable to us’

Reuters

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Prime Minister Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commenting on allegations the United States had spied on Israel’s leaders, said on Monday such activity was unacceptable and had no place in the allies’ close relationship.

Documents leaked on Friday by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden showed the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ had in 2009 targeted an email address listed as belonging to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and monitored emails of senior defense officials.

Reports also said that spy organizations rented an apartment next to then Defense Minister Israel intended to ask Washington for clarifications.

“In the close ties between Israel and the United States, there are things that must not be done and that are not acceptable to us,” Netanyahu said, speaking during a Likud party faction meeting.

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PM meets with Pollard's wife, slams US spying (Photo: Kobe Gideon, GPO)
PM meets with Pollard’s wife, slams US spying (Photo: Kobe Gideon, GPO)
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On Sunday, several Israeli cabinet members and lawmakers said disclosure of US spying on Israel was an opportunity to press Washington to free jailed Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.

Pollard was sentenced to a life term in 1987 in the United States for spying for Israel. A succession of US presidents have spurned Israeli calls for his pardon.

In what appeared to be an attempt to calm the clamor, Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel had constantly sought Pollard’s release and did not need any “special occasion” to discuss his case with Washington: “I just met with Esther Pollard and updated her on our unceasing efforts to free Jonathan.”

Netanyahu added, “He should have been released long ago. This is understood by everyone here and I believe is understood by a growing number of people in the United States.”

Israeli officials have played down the importance of any information the United States may have gleaned from its alleged espionage activities.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Israel had always assumed that even its allies spied on it. A statement issued by Olmert’s office, said the reports, if accurate, referred to a public email address and that chances that any security or intelligence damage had been caused were minuscule.

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5 Comments

  1. Dennis said,

    December 23, 2013 at 19:38

    “DO NOT FREE – Jonathan Pollard. Execute him.”

    He should be executed immediately. And I mean right-the f*ck-NOW!
    While not a fan of the death penalty per-se, I would happily shoot this motherf*cker myself with my own Glock 9mm, as I looked him straight in the eyes. Then I’d go to my favorite Manhattan diner for breakfast. After that I’d have a super long sauna and a deep Thai massage. To unwind further, I’d have a peaceful, peaceful sleep, with very, very pleasant dreams, and wake up refreshed. I’d remember nothing about sending a treasonous rat to hell. And life would go on….as it should, without Jonathan Pollard (spit!) traitor-extraordinaire. Aaaahh!

  2. December 23, 2013 at 20:37

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  3. December 23, 2013 at 20:56

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  4. R.Sooriamoorthy said,

    December 24, 2013 at 05:08

    Dennis, I can’t say I disagree with you.

  5. Dennis said,

    December 24, 2013 at 11:52

    If ever there was a definition of disingenuous negotiation, and barefaced blackmail of the Palestinians, the so-called ‘Peace Process’ and the entire world, it is this: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Report-Netanyahu-will-ask-Obama-to-free-Pollard-as-condition-in-peace-talks-335920 .

    Bibi has the Chuzpah to say that if the US doesn’t release Pollard, a convicted spy, then he will not negotiate with anyone; that all peace talks are off. We all know what Bibi wants. ALL of the land, EMPTY of its indigenous Palestinian population. Pure and simple. And if he has to kill every last one of them to achieve that, then so be it.

    My favorite short video which puts this into perspective is this: http://youtu.be/MSm1qeKMvfQ “In a conference on US-Israel relations at Bar Ilan University on Monday, US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones referred to the contentious issue of Jonathan Pollard, the US Naval officer convicted of spying for Israel. Ambassador Jones stressed that Pollard had committed treason, and the US had shown mercy by not executing him.”

    To DesertPeace and all of your wonderful readers, I wish you a bery, very Merry Christmas, and a Peace-filled 2014. Dennis (Rev.)


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