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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:22 AM
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News that Didn't Happen: Pollard and Shalit Still not Free Men
note: right-wing news source

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"This week's momentous news events were the withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza and the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but nothing changed for American prisoner Jonathan Pollard and kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Pollard has languished in prison for nearly 24 years after having been sentenced to life by a court in the United States for passing on to its ally classified information, an offense that usually carries up to four years in jail.

His wife Esther prayed at the Western Wall (Kotel) for several hours on Tuesday for a last-minute release of her husband from prison before United States President George W. Bush left office. Supporters of Pollard flooded the White House the past two weeks with tens of thousands of phone calls pleading for his release.

Hopeful writers at Israel National News even prepared an article celebrating his release under a would-be headline "Jonathan Pollard is Coming Home!"

However, President Bush left office without fanfare and without a mention of Pollard while in Israel, kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit once again became the "last Jew in Gaza" after the IDF withdrew, concluding the Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign. Pro-Pollard activists are already organizing another stage of the struggle, but they are now focusing their efforts on getting the Israeli government to publicly request Pollard's freedom from the new U.S. administration."

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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:05 PM
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1. I think a better idea would be to build a prison wing just for Israeli spies
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 12:06 PM by burythehatchet
he one's that have been caught and the ones that have not yet.
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asteroid2003QQ47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:49 AM
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2. Bush left office . . . without a mention of Pollard
The little fucker needed EIGHT years to do something right?
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:56 AM
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3. I can not get the article
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 02:57 AM by azurnoir
link gives some sort of error, but is this author actually trying to conflate Gilad Shalit with Pollard? If so what an rectal opening there is no comparison.
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 08:27 AM
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6. Crap site...
...crap link.

See how long this works:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/129516
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 09:02 AM
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8. Thanks
there is hope for Gilad Shalits release than Pollards? That says something
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 08:00 AM
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4. What have Shalit and Pollard got to do with each other?
Whatever one thinks of the Pollard situation, he wasn't *kidnapped*!
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 08:25 AM
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5. Pollard: Livni signed my death warrant
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"Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard told his wife Esther from his North Carolina jail cell Wednesday that he was "very disappointed" that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni did not act to help bring about his release during her visit to the US last weekend.

A massive campaign was conducted behind the scenes in Washington to persuade US president George W. Bush to commute Pollard's sentence to time served before he left office on Tuesday.

But despite the private campaign and an international grassroots effort, Bush did not pardon Pollard, leaving him to continue serving his life sentence.

Pollard, 54, blamed President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Livni for his remaining in jail after some 24 years. But he singled out Livni because of her close ties with the Bush administration and the fact that she had come to Washington at a critical time, days before the end of Bush's term.

"Regarding government leaders such as Olmert, Barak, Livni and Peres, their disinterest in an Israeli agent was stunning," his wife quoted Pollard as saying.

"It spelled the difference between success and failure and in a very real sense, between life and death. Livni not using her influence to help bring about my release was tantamount to signing a death warrant."

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Howardx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 08:55 AM
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7. waaahhhhhhhh
do the time loser.
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