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Jonathan Pollard: Not a hero, not a martyr, just a criminal who's served his time

Jonathan Pollard: Not a hero, not a martyr, just a criminal who's served his time

As recently as last year, the Obama administration seemed willing to treat Jonathan J. Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst sentenced to life for spying for Israel, as a bargaining chip in Middle East diplomacy. At the time we criticized any linkage between freedom for Pollard — a hero to many Israelis but a despised figure in the U.S. intelligence community — and peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Yet we also noted that Pollard would be eligible for parole in November 2015. The peace negotiations collapsed and Pollard did not receive clemency from President Obama. But, thanks to a decision earlier this month by the U.S. Parole Commission, he...

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