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U.S. Rep. David Bonior is one of Israel's
most outspoken critics in Washington.
Detroit swimmer Dena Bernstein
wins four gold medals in early
Maccabi Games contests.
Jonathan Jay Pollard: Stepping into the quagmire?
Untangling The Motives Behind
The Pursuit Of Jonathan Pollard
he case of Jonathan Jay Pollard and
his wife, Anne Henderson Pollard,
seems to be more complicated after
the revelations of their hearings and
sentencing than before. The behavior of
United States officials indicates that this
affair is still an ongoing issue.
Three major issues demand our atten-
tion: Why was their sentence out of all pro-
portion to any comparable instance of es-
pionage? Why is Pollard being pressured to
identify unlikely "co-conspirators"? Why is
his wife facing death from deliberate
medical maltreatment in prison without
any concern by "official" America?
Pollard was arrested on espionage
charges, pleaded guilty and was sentenc-
ed to life imprisonment without parole.
Anne was sentenced to two concurrent five-
year sentences, with no parole, for posses-
sion of secret documents.
Pollard, a U.S. Navy counterintelli-
gence analyst, had obtained and transfer-
red to Israel such information as Arab
troop movements; data on Libyan air
defenses enabling Israel to bomb the
Palestine Liberation Organization head-
quarters in Tunis; information and perfor-
mance analysis of Soviet deliveries of
military equipment to Arab client states;
status of nuclear weapons being developed
by Pakistan with funding from Arab states;
location of Syrian and Iraqi poison gas
facilities and sources of that equipment in
Pollard said for some time he saw this
and other information, crucial to Israel's
survival, marked NFFE (Not For Foreign
Eyes). He frequently questioned his
Emanual Winston is a member of the
international board of trustees, Jaffee
Center of Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv
University. This article first appeared in
superiors, even up to the Department of
Defense; he was told to mind his own
Pollard's story is frightening: it calls up
images of a shadow government, totally in-
consistent with the American concept of a
democracy whose elected leaders are sub-
ject to laWs they are pledged to uphold.
No trial of the Pollards was ever held.
The government offered a plea bargain for
full cooperation and confession. The
Pollards pleaded guilty, mainly to secure
Anne's release. Jonathan volunteered all
the information he had; they were suppos-
ed to receive a lenient sentence. However,
the government reneged on the agreement.
Before the sentencing, Secretary of
Defense Caspar Weinberger sent to the
judge a sealed, secret affidavit in which he
said: "Pollard gave Israel information it
could use against Arab countries friendly
to the U.S., bolstering Israel's strength,
upsetting the balance of power in the
Mideast and ultimately making war more
Little noticed was a State Department
statement, issued that day, rebutting
Weinberger's contention: "A strong Israel
is the cornerstone of U.S. policy in the Mid-
dle East." Secretary of State George Shultz
said, "the Weinberger affidavit was a nas-
ty piece of work."
Pollard maintained that the information
he transferred could not hurt the security
of the United States and was intelligence
Israel would or should have received accor-
ding to the U.S./Israel Memorandum of
Agreement of 1983.
Even 17 years of espionage by the -
Walkers, who sold our most vital NATO
secrets to the Soviets for some $750,000,
failed to agitate Weinberger as much as
Pollard. John Walker will be eligible for
parole in 10 years, although he was direct-
ly responsible for deaths of Navy pilots,
U.S. inteligence agents, and informants,
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CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
Jay Lorch is gaining wide
recognition for his math abilities.
Jewish mothers get a
bad rap . . . unfairly.
VICTORIA BELYEU DIAZ
to new heights.
Local Democrats tackle
the Arab-Israeli dispute.
The Jewish News' special
monthly family section
focuses on the High Holidays.
August 26, 1988 7:58 p.m.
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