Oct 06, 2022
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On Monday, Jonathan Pollard was honored at a Jerusalem Day celebration at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Pollard was released in December after serving an unprecedented 30 years for transferring sensitive US Defense Department information to Israel. The mayor, Moshe Lion, presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts on behalf of the Jewish people.

Pollard began his speech by praising Jerusalem.

“Since 1948, we’ve been making every effort to prove to the world that Jerusalem is our capital,” Pollard said.  “This is our land, God gave it to us, and if you don’t like it, that’s okay. We set the rules,” he continued, saying, “You may have heard that the US wants to set up a PA embassy in Jerusalem. We can’t allow this. If the Americans want to set up a Palestinian embassy in Washington, good luck. That’s their business. But not here. Not in Israel. Not in Jerusalem.”

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard (screenshot)

Pollard went on to comment on the current wave of Arab violence, connecting the murder of  19-year-old Yehuda Guetta last week to the Biden administration.

“The murderer was the manifestation of the oldest hatred, more lethal than the deadliest disease known to man — Jew-hatred. Cold-blooded anti-Semitism,” he said. “It’s the foundational belief of our so-called peace partners up the road in Ramallah [the Palestinian Authority], our avowed enemies in Gaza and many of the woke bureaucrats and officials that staff the current Biden administration.”

Biden is Amalek

Pollard identified the Biden administration as the nation of Amalek, the perennial evil enemy of Israel.

“What we’re talking about is Amalek, pure and simple,” he said. “Whether you murder a Jew directly… or whether you pin his arms behind his back like the identity Democrats of the same Biden administration — the death of the Jew is the same.”

Pollard hinted that the most egregious anti-Semites were actually Westen politicians, noting that not all of Israel’s enemies “wear a keffiyeh and carry a Kalashnikov… some of them wear very nice suits… and they hate us with a passion that you can’t even imagine.”

Included in his list of such enemies was the current US State Department. 

Pollard had a trove of political advice for Israel, suggesting a plan for dealing with the Biden administration should they decide to remove the embassy from Jerusalem and open another in another city.

“No US diplomat should be allowed to staff it,” said Pollard. “They should be declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country.”

Pollard also recommended that Israel should leave the United Nations, referring to the international organization as “the Knesset of hate.” 

“Our presence there is an insult to our ancestors who fought and died for this country,” Pollard said.

Pollard also decried the custodianship of the Jordanian Waqf over Judaism’s holiest site; the Temple Mount.

“The Waqf are ideological descendants of the Nazis,” he warned.

Pollard also suggested a solution to the conflict between Israel and its Arab citizens, suggesting they emigrate to Ireland, a country with a strong anti-Israel agenda. 

He also described the two-state solution, the agenda which would create a “Palestinian” state in Judea and Samaria, ethnically cleansed of Jews and with its capital in Jerusalem.

“They would get the state and we would be under the ground,” he said. “Hashem [God] gave us this land, not the League of Nations, not a British lord and not the United States.”


Pollard was working as an analyst for the US Navy in 1985 when he was caught transferring classified information. He pled guilty but the judge chose to sentence him to life in prison, Pollard is the only American who has received a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally of the US. 

It was later revealed that at least some of the accusations against Pollard can be traced to Aldrich Ames, a CIA agent who, as a double agent working for the Russian KGB who was convicted in 1994. At the time of his arrest, Ames had compromised more highly classified CIA assets than any other officer in history. Ames allegedly caused a shift to “blame Mr. Pollard for exposing the American agents to clear himself of suspicion.” The same source “said that Mr. Pollard never exposed American agents in the Soviet Union or elsewhere.”

Pollard was released from prison on November 20, 2015. The Justice Department decided last month to let the parole term’s five-year travel ban go unrenewed as a parting gift to Israel by the Trump administration.

Pollard declared that he committed espionage only because “the American intelligence establishment collectively endangered Israel’s security by withholding crucial information”.  Over the course of his imprisonment, Israel made repeated unsuccessful attempts through both official and unofficial channels to secure his release. He was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995.


During his imprisonment, Pollard developed relationships with several well-known religious figures. One of these leaders was the late Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, the Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel, who was very close to Pollard and always referred to him as “Joseph the Tzaddik (righteous) of our generation.” One obvious reason for this reference is due to his belief that Pollard’s imprisonment sentence was unjust, similar to the imprisonment of the Biblical Joseph. However, his reason for referring to Pollard in this manner goes much deeper.

Rabbi Eliyahu requested that Pollard add the letter “hay” (ה) to his Hebrew name, changing it from “Yonatan” (יונתן) to “Yehonatan” (יהונתן). In Jewish tradition, changing a name is a significant act that can alter a person’s fate.