THE ISRAEL REPORTJanuary/February 2000
#1 That Israel needed an agent to carry out Pollard’s mission tells us much about the advisability of becoming reliant on American intelligence.Let’s start from the beginning:
#2 That Clinton reneged on the understanding that he would release Pollard at Wye tells us much about the value of Clinton’s word.
#3 That rumors are being floated that Pollard may be released as part of the pay-off for withdrawal from the Golan rather than as a confidence building measure also tells us something very troubling about how the Clinton Administration relates to Israel.
And that’s not all.
#4 The Barak Administration’s abandonment of Pollard tells us something about its moral values.
#5 That Prime Minister Ehud Barak has seemingly forgotten the Pollard affair – despite his active participation in it - raises serious questions as to whether Barak’s analysis ignores its painful lessons regarding reliance on America.
#1 Israel is supposed to stake its very survival on the assumption that the US will share vital intelligence information about Syria. Yet we know – and Ehud Barak knows from his experience when he was the head of military intelligence - that the US can’t be relied upon to honor this commitment.As long as the Pollard affair is not resolved these questions will continue to undermine the credibility of the entire proceedings.
#2 Israel is supposed to stake its very survival on President Clinton and those who follow him honoring the various commitments and understandings that would be associated with withdrawal from the Golan. And yet we know that before the Wye Agreement was EVEN SIGNED Clinton reneged on the commitment that he would release Pollard.
#3 As a country about to become deeply dependent on America, it would be critical that Israel find itself considered an ally. Allies don’t engage in blackmail and that is basically what Clinton is doing by holding Pollard hostage.
#4 If moral values don’t stop Barak from expediently abandoning Jonathan Pollard, the public must consider what would stop him from taking the very same attitude towards others.
#5 Finally, if Prime Minister Ehud Barak is unwilling or unable to clear the air with America on the Pollard affair – gaining his release and putting it behind us - there is no reason to believe that he has truly come to grips with the very serious ramifications for Israel of the entire experience.