Jonathan Pollard has been imprisoned in the United States for the last 28 years on charges of spying on behalf of Israel. Pollard has received the harshest sentence ever given to anyone charged with espionage – life imprisonment. Since Pollard, there have been others in the U.S. caught with spying to much greater levels than Pollard, yet they received much lighter sentences. Every U.S. president since Pollard has been in jail has refused to pardon him – and the world wonders why.
World leaders have argued that enough is enough and have asked the U.S. to release Pollard. Former CIA Director R. James Woosley has said: “If you look at other allies of the United States, such as South Korea and the Philippines, where we have caught spies, the sentence that they had has been light, not like Pollard’s…if anybody is hung up over the fact that he’s an American Jew or that he’s Israeli, just pretend that he’s a South Korean and set him free.”
We asked BIN readers to tell us what they thought about the imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard. Overwhelmingly, 91% of respondents said that that the U.S. should release Jonathan Pollard.
This week, we want to know: How will Ariel Sharon be remembered: Hawk or Dove? Let your voice be heard!