Monthly Archives: December 2014

Massive Terror, War Avoided As UN Rejects Palestinian State

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Samantha Power, US ambassador to UN, right,
votes during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

New York, New York — December 30 … Lethal, Islamic terror attacks and the potential for a new Middle East war were avoided this evening as the UN Security Council defeated a Palestinian resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories by late 2017.

The UN resolution called for negotiations to be based on territorial lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the Six Day War. It also demanded that a peace agreement be reached within 12 months.

If a bid for Palestinian statehood was accepted this evening, the world would have witnessed an immediate power struggle between Islamic terror groups Hamas, ISIS and the Palestinian Authority for control of the West Bank with Iran and Syria shooting missiles at Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem.

Many Middle East analysts could not believe that Western nations such as France voted for a Palestinian state, not knowing which Palestinian group would be controlling the new state.

Even if the UN draft had received the minimum nine votes in favor, it would have been defeated by Washington’s vote against it. The United States is one of the five veto-wielding permanent members.

There were eight votes in favor, two against and five abstentions. Australia joined the United States in voting against the measure.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power defended Washington’s position against the draft in a speech to the 15-nation council by saying it was not a vote against peace between Israeli and the Palestinians.

“The United States every day searches for new ways to take constructive steps to support the parties in making progress toward achieving a negotiated settlement,” she said. “The Security Council resolution put before us today is not one of those constructive steps.”

“It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties, including unconstructive deadlines that take no account of Israel’s legitimate security concerns,” she said, adding that it “was put to a vote without a discussion or due consideration among council members.”

In a brief statement, Israeli delegate Israel Nitzan told the council that the Palestinians have found every possible opportunity to avoid direct negotiations and came to the council with “a preposterous unilateral proposal.”

“I have news for the Palestinians – you cannot agitate and provoke your way to a state,” he said.

The Israeli government had said that a Security Council vote, following the collapse in April of US-brokered talks on Palestinian statehood, would only deepen the conflict.

Israel, which pulled troops and settlers out of the Gaza Strip in 2005, has said its eastern border would be indefensible if it withdrew completely from the West Bank.

Several Western council diplomats told Reuters they had been surprised by the Palestinians’ sudden push to submit a final draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on Monday and put it to a vote on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Jordanian U.N. Ambassador Dina Kawar, the sole Arab representative on the council, told reporters all 22 Arab delegations endorsed the Palestinian proposal, and the Jordanians and Palestinians would consult immediately on “the best time to cast the vote in the Security Council.”

The US has insisted on a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, not an imposed timetable. Kerry had held a series of telephone conversations over the last 48 hours with the foreign ministers of Britain, Chile, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Russia and Saudi Arabia. He also spoke with Rwanda’s president and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called on the Security Council members to vote down the resolution and focus on encouraging negotiations instead.

“Canada fundamentally believes that Palestinian statehood can only be a by-product of negotiations with the State of Israel,” Baird said in a statement. “We have long rejected unilateral action on either side, as we believe it is ultimately unhelpful to the cause of peace.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Monday that if the Security Council doesn’t reject the resolution, “we will.”

Netanyahu said Israel expected at least “the responsible members” of the international community to vigorously oppose the resolution “because what we need always is direct negotiations and not imposed conditions.”

Many Israelis want a two state solution. They desire a real and long lasting peace but they do not want another Islamic Jihad controlled Gaza sitting next to Ben-Gurion Airport that would hold the children of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem hostage to mortar and missile terror attacks.

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Israel President Rivlin Hosts New Year’s Reception for Christian Leaders

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem — December 30, 2014 … Israel President Reuven Rivlin this morning, hosted the traditional, annual reception for leaders of Israel’s Christian community leaders to mark the civil New Year.  The event was attended by nine heads of various churches in Israel, and senior members of the community.

The President welcomed those attending.

“Over the past months, we have been greatly concerned, by the on-going religious persecution and restrictions on freedom of worship for minorities in the Middle East,” said Rivlin.

“Because of their faith hundreds of thousands are being exiled, forcibly converted, attacked, and brutally murdered.  This is a war against extremism. A war, being waged against those who want to spread a message of freedom of worship and coexistence, by those who carry the flag of destruction and hatred.

“This is a cause of great worry and pain for all us.  We share the Psalms of King David, the words of the Prophets, and a love for Jerusalem, and the Holy Land.  As we know, we are all created in the image of God. As the prophet Malachi wrote, “Do we not, all have one Father? Did not one God create us?” We will continue to live together, and build bridges of peace, here, in the land of our fathers. 

“May we all, Christians, Muslims, Jews, children of Abraham, together with all those of different faiths, see the fulfillment of the vision of the prophet Isaiah, that “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and no longer learn war.”  Let 2015 be a year of partnership and friendship.  Let it be a year of understanding and mutual respect.  I wish you all a peaceful and happy New Year.”

Also speaking at the event was Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Theophilos III.

“In this season in particular, the world, caught up in the darkness of violence, poverty, persecution and war, looks to us, the communities of the Holy Land for renewed hope and inspiration.  Our precise paths as political and religious leaders may be different, but first and foremost, our concern is always our people.  In this region, we recognize the diversity of the peoples and understand that the harmonious coexistence of the Abrahamic faiths is essential to the integrity of the Holy Land.”

 

Palestinian Authority: “Israel Must Be Eliminated”

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — December 28, 2014 … Part of the following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting:

“In recent weeks we have seen a stepped-up Iranian effort to intensify terrorist actions in Judea and Samaria. None other than the Palestinian Authority ambassador in Teheran said that he was enthused by Iranian ruler Khamenei’s instructions to send weapons to the West Bank and he added, and I quote, ‘The Zionist regime is an aggressive cancerous growth which, sooner or later, must be eliminated.’

“Now I emphasize, it was not a Hamas man who said this, it was the Palestinian Authority ambassador in Teheran. Now what is the UN doing in response?

“Instead of dealing with this incitement they are giving it an honored place, the same incitement that has led to the recent terrorist attack, and they are also moving forward on a unilateral Palestinian proposal to try and pass a decision in the Security Council, the purpose of which is to bring about a forced settlement that would establish here a second Hamastan and would endanger our security.

This is the same UN the Human Rights Council of which passed dozens of decisions this year against Israel, one decision on Iran and one decision on Syria. We will continue to insist on our truth and we will also continue to vigorously rebuff attempts to force terms on us that would endanger our security and our future. We expect national unity on this national issue.”

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Last week, 11-year-old Ayala Shapira,  was seriously wounded in a Palestinian firebomb terror attack on her car near Maalei Shomron in the West Bank. Her father suffered minor burn injuries.

The young girl suffered third degree burns to over 50 percent of her head and upper body. Working with IDF medical evacuation teams the girl was then transported to the burn center at Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital.

IDF and Israeli security forces caught and arrested those responsible.

The two Palestinians who were arrested on perpetrating the West Bank firebombing attack  have admitted to the crime, according to the Shin Bet.

The two, one of whom is a 16-year-old minor, admitted to their role during questioning, the Shin Bet security services said. The two said that they left the Palestinian village of Azun to throw firebombs at vehicles on the road to the Ma’ale Shomron settlement.

Another ten suspects are in custody on suspicion of involvement in the incident.

“The two waited alongside the road for vehicles to pass, then lit their firebombs and threw them at the vehicle that got hit and went up in flames as a result,” read a Shin Bet statement. “Later, the two fled, returning to Azun, and were then brought in for questioning that night by the Shin Bet, following intelligence efforts to identify those involved in the attack.”

Israel Mossad Honors Outstanding Agents

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — December 19, 2014 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel President’s Office to the
Israel News Agency.

“The female Mossad agent operated deep in enemy territory and was recruited to the Mossad just a few years ago.  She took part in complex assignments, critical to Mossad’s operations, while under life-threatening conditions, and was congratulated as an exemplary role model for the young generation of fighters.”

Israel President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mossad Director Tamir Pardo, presented twelve awards of excellence to Mossad serviceman and women, and two Lifetime Achievement awards.  Former Mossad directors also took part in the ceremony.

“Intelligence agencies around the world are proud of their expert operatives, who work ‘like machines’, said President Rivlin.

“People trained to complete every mission, every objective and every target, at times cruelly and without defined limits.  We’re proud that the Mossad is made up of people – human beings.  Fighters whose strive for perfection, and bravery, operating with responsibility and judiciousness.  Fighters armed with the best equipment and intelligence, but whose capabilities and performance rest on their wisdom and bravery, on their ability to differentiate between victim and aggressor, between innocent and guilty, between acceptable and unacceptable.  Fighters who don’t have an appetite for war or feelings of revenge.”

 “Wisdom, bravery, prudence, responsibility and commitment to Israel’s security, – the secret of success for the heroes who fight Israel’s battles in the shadows.  This is their compass, their objective and path.  These are the values that you carry with you to every assignment and operation.  This ethical compass has greater importance than the weapons and intelligence you carry.  This is what differentiates you from every other intelligence agency, from every other secret service.  Only with this ethical compass can wars be waged and won.”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “I would like to thank here all the servicewomen and men of the shadows, from every generation for the Mossad’s excellence, responsibility and courage.  The threats around us are multiplying and spreading across the world, though your work is also being done across the world; our enemies are crossing ethical boundaries, and your work is crossing the borders of the imagination.  You do things that if a producer of sci-fi films wanted to reproduce on screen, they would not be able to even imagine what you’re doing – and these are very important for the State of Israel.

 “I know that some of your friends and colleagues are out in the field, and I hope that you all will be able to light candles for Chanukah.  I’d like to send with you happy holiday greetings, and I know that they won’t forget for a second who sent them and why, and I hope the candle will light up their hearts.

 “I would like to thank you for your tremendous sacrifice for the security of Israel.  Your work is done day by day and night by night.  You perform this work with diligence, devotion to your objective, far from the spotlight.  Your activities take place in a wide range of fields, some of them under dangerous circumstances.

 “I would like to thank you for the work you’re doing and the work you will do for the State of Israel.  You should be proud of yourselves as we are proud of you.  Be blessed and Happy Holidays to you all.”

 Mossad Director Tamir Pardo said: “In a changing world, full of threats and challenges, we incorporate different capabilities of various branches within the Mossad, as well as the IDF, Israel Security Agency (ISA), Israel Police, Foreign Ministry and other friendly services around the world.  This integration is what allows us to accomplish outstanding and unprecedented achievements. 

 “The strength of every agency is derived from its ability to understand the challenges oftomorrow are different than the challenges of yesterday.  We constantly have to change and adapt ourselves to new realities, to more sophisticated enemies and challenges, to new objectives and unknowns.

“This year’s outstanding servicemen and women represent the wide range of the Mossad’s activities – operational, intelligence, logistical and technological.  This complicated machine must operate at the highest level, smoothly and together.  The strength of this chain is dependent on the strength of its links.  All the links of the Mossad are strong and durable.

 “I would like to thank you, selected servicemen of 2014, and to show you my appreciation for your work, not only in the past year but throughout your service in the Mossad.  You are a source of pride and inspiration for the entire agency.  A special thanks to you – family members, who have made it possible and supported them, patiently, with understanding and love.  Happy holidays to everyone.”

 One of the outstanding servicewomen honored, is a young fighter who operated deep in enemy territory, and was recruited to the Mossad just a few years ago.  The fighter took part in complex assignments critical to the Mossad’s operation while under life-threatening conditions and is an exemplary role model for the young generation of fighters.

 Another outstanding servicemen honored, is a technology expert who developed new technological operational capabilities to facilitate the special work of the Mossad, and demonstrated personal initiative and creativity while tackling challenges at the forefront of technology.  He provided a solution to one of the most important and central projects the Mossad is occupied with.

 Additional commendations were given to, among others, a fighter who led a team in a complex operation in enemy territory, an officer who participated in of the most important and sensitive operations to the State of Israel, and a serviceman who was stationed in three missions in unique and complex regions.

In this event, held for the fifth time, two workers received Lifetime Achievement awards.  The first was born in Iran, and served for 20 years, and the second worked for 30 years in the Mossad in various operational support positions.

 The event began with Chanukah candle lighting, and a ceremony to commemorate 65 years since the establishment of the secret intelligence service.

The Mossad is responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations, and counterterrorism, as well as bringing Jews to Israel from countries where official Aliyah (immigration) agencies are forbidden, and protecting Jewish communities. Mossad’s director reports directly to the Prime Minister.

Israel: EU Removes Hamas As Terror Organization, Forgets Blood of Holocaust

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Hamas, which blows up buses and restaurants,
is not considered a terror organization by the EU.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — December 17, 2014 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement on the decision of the General Court of the European Union to remove Hamas from the European Union list of terrorist organizations:

“We are not satisfied with the European Union’s explanation that the removal of Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations is a ‘technical matter’. The burden of proof is on the European Union and we expect it to put Hamas back on the list forthwith given that it is understood by all that Hamas – a murderous terrorist organization, the covenant of which specifies the destruction of Israel as its goal – is an inseparable part of this list. We will continue to fight Hamas with strength and determination so that it never achieves this goal.”

Upon meeting US Senator-elect Joni Ernst in Jerusalem, Netanyahu stated:

 “The friendship of the people of the United States of America stands in sharp contrast with what we see unfortunately in Europe.”

“Today we witnessed staggering examples of European hypocrisy. In Geneva they call for the investigation of Israel for war crimes, while in Luxemburg the European court removed Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations, Hamas that has committed countless war crimes and countless terror acts.”

Netanyahu concludes: “It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil six million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing. But we in Israel, we’ve learned. We’ll continue to defend our people and our state against the forces of terror and tyranny and hypocrisy.”

“Thanks to this decision we as European Jews, who Hamas openly declares as targets for annihilation, feel less secure,” Moshe Kantor, the President of the European Jewish Congress, said in a statement following the verdict. 

“We have reached a new low in moral relativity if an organization explicitly dedicated to the destruction of a nation and people, which actively target and commit terrorist acts against civilians, is no longer considered a terrorist organization,” he said, citing the Hamas charter.

“This is an open invitation to the Hamas terrorists to continue their attempts to murder Jews with impunity and is basically a prize for their rocket campaign against Israeli civilians,” said the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Efraim Zuroff.

130 Pakistan Children Murdered, Israel Offers Humanitarian Aid

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — December 16, 2014 … As Jewish children light candles, celebrating the first night of Hanukkah in Israel, the world turns it’s attention to a bloody massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Over 130 children aged 10 to 18 were murdered by Islamic terrorists in an attack by the Taliban (formally known as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP) on a Pakistan military-run school. Some seven suicide bombers charged the school with automatic weapons and explosives.

Israel and Pakistan, which do not share diplomatic relations, do communicate. Most of the communication takes places through their embassies in Turkey. In the past they have assisted one another with INTEL on terror groups which threaten both nations. But now the time has come for both nations to normalize relations.

If not for trade, then for their children.

Both nations are respected for their moderate values in a very tough Middle Eastern neighborhood. The people of both nations share much in common with an accent on agriculture, high-tech, education and love for family.

The days of Israel labeling Pakistan “an antisemitic state” and Pakistan counter-labeling Israel “a Zionist and racist state” must be replaced with the sharing of intelligence that will save lives and create bridges between the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.

Islamic terror groups, ISIS, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Taliban, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda target Jews and Christians as “infidels” which they state need to be destroyed in a Jihad or Holy War. But the hatred shared by these terror groups is far greater for Muslims who embrace Western values. Democracy, equal rights for women and free speech is not tolerated by the Taliban in Pakistan.

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The Pakistan Taliban are against Western-style education for children and the employment of women. Most famously, their terrorists shot schoolgirl education activist Malala Yousafzai in the head in 2012 as she traveled on a school bus. She survived to receive a Nobel Peace Prize last week.

As Israel quietly extends condolences and humanitarian aid to the families who lost loved ones in Peshawar, Pakistan must realize one thing.

The blood of Jewish and Muslim children is the same.

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There is no reason on this good earth that these children should not be protected with any and all security assets available. Respect, understanding and tolerance must now transcend hate, propaganda and mistrust.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the assault in Peshawar and rushed to the area to show his support for the victims.

The prime minister vowed that Pakistan would not be cowed by the violence and that the military would continue with an aggressive operation to neutralize terrorism.

“The fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it,” Sharif said.

Sharif and his government should, without delay, include democratic Israel in this fight.

 

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Israel To Australia: Struggle Against Islamic Terror Is Global

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Rome — December 15, 2014 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks earlier today in Rome:

“I would like to send my condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and to the Australian people over the loss of innocent life. International Islamic terrorism knows no borders; therefore, the struggle against it must be global.

Australia is waking up to the news that two hostages and the Islamic terrorist at the center of the Sydney siege have died.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said he had the “heaviest of hearts”.

He said Sydney had “been shaken, by a tragedy that none of us could have ever imagined”. “The values we held dear yesterday we hold dear today. They are the values of freedom, democracy, and harmony. These defined us yesterday, they will define us today, they will define us tomorrow.”

Netanyahu added: “This afternoon I met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. This was our first meeting since he was elected Prime Minister and it was very good. Israel and Italy have much in common and many joint interests and we decided to expand cooperation in very many areas and on all levels.

 I come here from a serious conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry. We discussed a range of issues including Iran, Syria, the war against ISIS and others. Of course, we also discussed at length the Palestinian issue.

I very much appreciate the Secretary of State’s efforts to prevent a deterioration in the region. I said that the attempts of the Palestinians and of several European countries to force conditions on Israel will only lead to a deterioration in the regional situation and will endanger Israel; therefore, we will strongly oppose this.”

Netanyahu angrily rejected a Palestinian bid to create a UN deadline for an end to Israel’s so-called occupation as he headed to Rome for talks with Kerry.

“We will not accept attempts to dictate to us unilateral moves on a limited timetable,” Netanyahu said in a statement before flying to Italy.

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Israel, Jordan: Autopsy Report States Ziad Abu Ein Died of Heart Attack

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Ziad Abu Ein holding his chest as he dies from a heart attack.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — December 11, 2014 … Part of the following was communicated by the IDF to the Israel News Agency.

“Yesterday, December 10, rioters gathered in Turmus Ayya, near Ramallah. Israeli security forces halted the progress of the rioters into the civilian community of Adei-Ad. The IDF is reviewing the circumstances of the participation of Ziad Abu Ein, and his later death.

Following the incident, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, and his Palestinian counterpart, Hussein Al-Sheikh, agreed that an Israeli pathologist would join a delegation of pathologists from Jordan, for a joint examination of the circumstances of Ziad Abu Ein’s death.

Preliminary Autopsy Report on Ziad Abu Ein

The autopsy was carried out at the forensics institute in Abu Dis. Participating in the autopsy were Dr. Chen Kugel and Dr. Maya Furman from the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, as well as representatives from the Palestinian forensics institute and doctors from Jordan.

The death of Ziad Abu Ein was caused by a blockage of the coronary artery (one of the arteries that supplies blood to the heart) due to hemorrhaging underneath a layer of atherosclerotic plaque. The bleeding could have been caused by stress.

  • Indications of light hemorrhaging and localized pressure were found in his neck.
  • The deceased suffered from ischemic heart disease; blood vessels in his heart were found to be over 80% blocked by plaque. Old scars indicating that he suffered from previous myocardial infarctions were also found.
  • The poor condition of the deceased’s heart caused him to be more sensitive to stress.
  • It is necessary to wait for the medical treatment report before determining more incisive explanations on this matter.
  • Indications of CPR were found.

These preliminary findings will require verification after the results of the investigation and lab results are received.”

Dr. Hen Kugel, the Israeli doctor who took part in the autopsy, said that the report was not final and that they were awaiting on the return of some tests, however “we know what happened there – he died from a heart attack. He had significant blockage of the arteries and his heart was in bad shape. When they grabbed his neck it caused massive stress which led to bleeding and then full blockage which is what killed him.”

“There is no disagreement with the Palestinians about this. He died because of his heart and stress,” Dr. Kugel said.

Abu Ein spent several years in an Israeli prison for his role in a 1979 terrorist attack in Tiberias. A group of youngsters were celebrating Lag Ba’omer in the city center when a bomb exploded in their midst. Two 16-year-olds – Boaz Lahav and David Lankri – were murdered and 36 other youths wounded.

After the attack, he fled to the US. In 1981, he became the first Palestinian ever to be extradited from the US to Israel. A year later, Abu Ein was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in the 1985 Jibril prisoner exchange deal.

 

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CIA Slams Obama, Democrats For Report That Risks American Lives

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Washington — December 9, 2014 … “Those who served us in the aftermath of 9/11 deserve our thanks not a one sided partisan Senate report that now places American lives in danger,” said US Senator Marco Rubio.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that the release of the report in a joint statement with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Israel: Jonathan Pollard Is Sick, Paid His Debt, Release Him

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — December 7, 2014 … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting:

“Over the weekend I spoke with Jonathan Pollard’s wife Esther and with US Secretary of State John Kerry. I told him that the uncertain state of Jonathan’s health is an additional reason to set him free. Jonathan lost consciousness and was hospitalized; he is not a healthy man. He is suffering from several ailments at the same time.”

Jonathan Pollard is a former US Navy intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel. He is currently serving time in a prison in the United States. It has often been reported that Pollard’s life sentence was the most severe prison term ever given for spying for an ally. Attorney Alan Dershowitz argued that Pollard’s sentence was far greater than the average term imposed for spying for the Soviet Union and other enemies of the United States.

On November 19 2014, a US Justice Department Parole Board denied a request to have Pollard released.  In response to this rejection, eight former US officials wrote a letter to President Barack Obama stating that the parole process for Pollard has been “deeply flawed”.  The letter also asserts that the idea that Pollard’s espionage was “the greatest compromise of U.S. security to that date” is a false statement. The letter was signed by a “who’s who” of former senior US officials including former Director of the CIA James Woolsey, former US National Security Advisor Robert MacFarlane, and Former Chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dennis DeConcini and David Durenburger.

Netanyahu concluded: “The time has come, for many reasons, after 30 years, for Jonathan Pollard to be released and to become a free man. He has already paid his debt and he at least deserves the same treatment that others in his position have received. We will not refrain from acting until we bring him home, here to the State of Israel.”

 

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