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December 12, 1986 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-12-12

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Pollard, a U.S. Navy in-
telligence analyst, later con-
fessed to having spied for
• The Shin Bet, Israel's
domestic intelligence service,
was embroiled in a block-
buster of a scandal after
I senior officers complained to
' the attorney-general that the
head of the service had
ordered the killing of two
Palestinians who had been
taken prisoner after hijacking
• / - an Israeli bus.
• And now, to follow the
Vanunu spectacular, comes
the Iranian arms scandal,
with its alleged link between
• Israeli and U.S. intelligence
From this catalog of catas-
trophe, it was the Pollard af-
`-' fair — which revealed Israel
to be spying on its closest and
most trusted ally — which of-
fered the greatest potential
for damage to relations with

Certainly, the most tragic
\, figure to emerge from the cast
of characters who feature in
Israel's intelligence failures is
Jonathan Pollard himself.
The Pollard affair also il-
luminates, however briefly
and inadequately, some of the
darker corners of this world of
Israelis, who had generally
regarded Pollard as a
mercenary out for a fast buck,
caught their first glimpse of
the "heartbroken" young man
who is "scared as hell" when
/- he spoke to the Washington
Jerusalem Post in the top-
security Petersburg peniten-
- tiary in Virginia last month.
Pollard,. who has already
been convicted and whose
\_. sentence next January will
doubtless reflect the degree of
his continuing cooperation
with United States investi-
gators, is being held in isola-
tion because of threats to his
) life by neo-Nazi groups.
His spying activities in-
volved passing on to Israel in-
formation which constituted
serious military threats to the
Jewish state and which, he
discovered, were not being
relayed to Israel through
regular, official channels.
He did not, he insisted,
rregard such spying activity
-.as a betrayal of the United
States. On the contrary, he
believed he was indirectly
strengthening American
security by helping a valuable
strategic ally.
,- But he had been dismayed
and bitter to find that after
> passing on highly valuable in-
telligence to Israel, an act he
performed at great personal
risk, he had been "abandoned"
by his Israeli friends.
> "I still love Israel," Pollard
told his interviewer, "as
fervently and as passionately

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