Pollard’s unforgivable sin – he unmasked US foreign policy.

By Ted Belman

I recently posted Ambassador says US merciful in not executing Pollard . In it there was a link to a post by Robert Olive and a rebuttal. The rebuttal quoted from a court filing that described the damage to the US. It is very instructive.

    Mr. Pollard’s unauthorized disclosures have threatened the US [sic] relations with numerous Middle East Arab allies, many of whom question the extent to which Mr. Pollard’s disclosures of classified information have skewed the balance of power in the Middle East.

This is unbelievable, yet it is believable.

In other words, the US didn’t want anyone to know the true relationship between the US and its Arab allies. It suggests that the public face it puts on these relationships have nothing to do with reality. A matter of utmost importance to both the US and the Arabs. It also suggests that the US knew of Arab plans which were detrimental to Israel and the US was not willing to tell Israel about them.

    Moreover, because Mr. Pollard provided the Israelis virtually any classified document requested by Mr. Pollard’s co-conspirators, the US has been deprived of the quid pro quo routinely received during authorized and official intelligence exchanges with Israel, and Israel has received information classified at a level far in excess of that ever contemplated by the National Security Council. The obvious result of Mr. Pollard’s largess is that US bargaining leverage with the Israeli government in any further intelligence exchanges has been undermined.

The fact that the US as a result had fewer bargaining chips is of minor importance. Israel shares most of its intelligence without a specific quid pro quo. But this sentence supports the fact that the US has many secrets that it does not share with Israel. Why does the US keep Israel, ostensibly a friend and ally, in the dark. The US has no need for “bargaining leverage” but it does have a need to not share with Israel the many things it does which are not in Israel’s favour. Thus Pollard unmasked US policy. This, the US cannot forgive Pollard for.

    In short, Mr. Pollard’s activities have adversely affected US relations with both its Middle East Arab allies and the government of Israel.

This sums it up. Pollard made Israel stronger because Israel had a clearer understanding of the true US-Arab relationship and Arab intentions and plans.

The way I see it, is that the magnitude of the sentence reflects the magnitude of the secrets. One must conclude that the US was duplicitous. It worked to shrink Israel while posturing as its friend.

So in effect Pollard was spying for an enemy, Israel, rather than a friend. The sentence proves it. I wonder if the US is being so hard nosed about it in order to please the Saudis?

May 21, 2007 | 1 Comment »

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  1. No one in US history has been treated as harshly for spying for an ally.

    MK Uri Ariel subsequently responded that “Israel was forced to employ Pollard as its agent only because America betrayed our trust and hid critical information from us regarding chemical weapons and anti-Israeli terrorist plots in Arab nations, in blatant violation of agreements we had with the US which we kept in full… ”

    “For spying for a friendly country,no one has ever received a sentence even close to the sentence that Pollard has served thus far – 22 years! … The remarks by Jones border on anti-Semitism and a hostile attitude towards Israel…”

    The information Pollard passed did not injure the US, but rather helped Israel. The way his case is treated indicates blatant bias.

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