Allen West Calls For Israeli Spy’s Release



U. S. Rep. Allen West is asking that Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard be released.

My interpretation:  West is trolling for campaign dollars from right-wing Jews.

That’s too bad.  West once billed himself as a new kind of congressman, not just another Washington pol who angles for re-election bucks.


Allen West

Here is the story:

The Plantation Republican wrote President Barack Obama over the weekend, according to the Jerusalem Post.

West’s argument is that since Obama since his administration agreed with the release of Libyan Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, it should let Pollard go after 26 years in prison.

Pollard was convicted of spying for Israel.

“After serving 26 years behind bars, Pollard’s health is deteriorating as is his wife’s,” West is quoted. “If [the US] can consent to the release by the British of the Lockerbie Bomber back to Libya due to health concerns, how can we justify keeping Mr. Pollard behind bars when his crimes were clearly not as serious as a terrorist who murdered hundreds of Americans?”

Representing a district that contains many elderly Jewish voters, West has been a fervent supporter of the ultra-conservative wing of the Israeli political spectrum and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But supporting Israel and supporting Pollard are two different things among many Jewish voters, especially the independents and Democrats that make up much of West’s constituency.

West talks to a lot of ultra right-wing Jews, who don’t represent the mainstream Jewish community. Among right-wing Jews that West surrounds himself with, Pollard may be a cause célèbre.  But Pollard is way down the list of concerns to most Jewish voters.

This West move is nothing more than firming up his support among the tiny sliver of U. S. conservative Jews who care about Pollard.  This is about campaign contributions from places like New York City and Los Angeles.

Pollard may or may not have been in prison too long.  You can’t get around the fact that Pollard was a spy.

West should stick with insuring Israel’s security.  Because he is starting to act like just another politician, pandering to those who can help his re-election with dollars.

11 Responses to “Allen West Calls For Israeli Spy’s Release”

  1. Anne says:

    Think what you will, but your interpretation is misguided, and one wonders what it could be based on other than knee-jerk opposition to anything that doesn’t originate on the Left. Allen West has always been consistent, straightforward and upright in his position on Israel. This is not the slightest deviation from his established record. P.S. If you want to see someone troll for Jewish dollars, see His Presidency’s speech at AIPAC.

  2. No Nonsense says:

    Pollard betrayed his country for profit.
    He endangered American lives. Why would West, who wraps himself in the American flag, take up for this traitor?

  3. Floridan says:

    I can’t improve on what No Nonsense wrote.

  4. Silky Bob says:

    The motive is obvious: to further expose Obama’s hypocrisy and pro Muslim agenda.

  5. Get on a plane says:

    Allen West should move to Israel. Good Riddance.

  6. DeeDee says:

    West’s foolish blind supporters commenting here excuse his going to bat for a SPY! Spying for Israel doesn’t make him less of a spy. West should be ashamed that a military man supports a pardon for someone who stole American military secrets.

  7. SAM FIELDS says:

    Pollard was also spying for South Africa (the bad one) and had made entreaties to Pakistan. It was all about the $$$$ until he and his wife got on “60 Minutes” and then they played the Jew Card: “I feel my husband and I did what we were expected to do, and what our moral obligation was as Jews, what our moral obligation was as human beings, and I have no regrets about that”.

    For ten years Israel denied he was an agent. They have now claimed him and named a square in Jerusalem after him where, if West gets his way, they will dance in the streets when he arrives.

    The only way this traitor should get out of prison is in a body bag after somebody shoves a shiv in his gut.

  8. Oodles says:

    Just another American politician more loyal to Israel than to our own country.

  9. Kevin says:

    Pollard should rot in jail. Does not matter for whom he spied….. he spied.

  10. geoff says:

    Any politician that takes the side of a criminal and traitor over the US, especially for political advantage and campaign dollars, is not worth his weight in sh*&.

  11. murray.selinger says:

    Congressman West’s letter to President Obama comes in the wake of numerous calls for clemency for Pollard from prominent government officials, high-ranking individuals in the national intelligence arena, leading professionals in the legal world, and renowned religious and communal leaders.

    Former CIA Director James Woolsey, former White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, former Deputy Attorney General and Harvard Law Professor Philip Heymann, former Senator and Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dennis DeConcini, and Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York, each of whom had the opportunity to thoroughly review Pollard’s classified file and is fully familiar with the circumstances of his case, have called for Pollard’s release.

    Henry Kissinger, who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and who was a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the time of Pollard’s sentencing, sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to time served.

    Lee Hamilton, a former U.S. Congressman from Indiana who served as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at the time of Jonathan Pollard’s sentencing, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and is currently member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, also called on President Obama to free Pollard.

    In addition, a wide array of American leaders have called for a commutation of Pollard’s sentence, including former Vice President Dan Quayle, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Senator John McCain of Arizona, former Arkansas governor and former Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, former Senator and Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Arlen Specter, Senator Charles Schumer of New York, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming, former New York City Mayor and former Republican Presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani, Congressman Michael Grimm of New York, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, well-known conservative leader Gary Bauer, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame, well-known Christian leader Pat Robertson, Pastor John Hagee, and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, who was President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama’s law professor at Harvard and remains friends with them today.

    Here is West’s Letter:

    Dear Mr. President:

    I am writing you today to join hundreds of others in my ardent support for you to extend clemency to Jonathan Pollard. Mr. Pollard is currently serving his 26th year of a life sentence term for espionage against the United States.

    Mr. Pollard, no doubt, committed a serious crime in submitting United States classified documents to Israel. While I do not condone this crime, I believe that Mr. Pollard has served his time. Spending more than 5 years in solitary confinement in one of the most secure prisons in the United States, Mr. Pollard has learned his lesson. He has spoken out both publically and privately, expressing incredible remorse for his crime, a crime which would normally carry a maximum 10-year sentence.

    After serving 26 years behind bars, Jonathan Pollard’s health is deteriorating, as is his wife’s. If we can consent to the release by the British of the Lockerbie bomber back to Libya due to health concern, how can we justify keeping Mr. Pollard behind bars when his crimes were clearly not as serious as a terrorist who murdered hundreds of Americans?

    Jonathan Pollard has served his time and has been sufficiently punished – it is time to grant him clemency.

    Very Respectfully,

    Allen B. West
    Member of Congress