20 July 2015

Pray, Pray, Pray for Jonathan Pollard!

4 Av 5775

Some have sent me emails about the recent reports in the media regarding a possible November release of Jonathan Pollard from prison. Following seems to be the most accurate account available at this time...

Still No Official Word on Pollard Release
By Avraham Weissman

Sunday, July 19, 2015 | ג' אב תשע"ה

NEW YORK - Despite a recent flurry of news reports based on an unnamed “senate source” announcing the release of Jonathan Pollard on parole this coming November, federal authorities have yet to issue a decision on the matter.

Pollard has now served nearly 30 years of an unprecedented life sentence for passing classified information to an ally, Israel. The median sentence for this offense is two to four years.

According to Eliot Lauer — who, along with Jacques Semmelman, has served as Pollard’s pro-bono attorney since 2000 — the Parole Commission must issue a “Notice of Action” officially stating its decision to either release Pollard or to deny him parole and continue his sentence to 45 years or more.

The legal team and Pollard would be the first to be notified of such a decision — and no one has received any such official notice to date.

It is not known when the Parole Commission will hand down their decision, but Lauer said the authorities could issue such a notice at any time, even just shortly before Pollard’s projected release date.

As previously reported in Hamodia, the Bureau of Prisons website has, for years, shown a “projected release” date for Pollard of November 21, 2015 — which is precisely 30 years since he was first arrested.

Pollard was arrested in 1985 and sentenced in 1987. At that time a “life” sentence in the United States was defined as 45 years or more; therefore, the 30 years that Pollard has served is two-thirds of the life sentence he received. His life sentence — unprecedented for the offense he committed in passing classified information to an ally — has been widely decried by knowledgeable U.S. officials as a travesty of justice. Nevertheless, the Parole Commission recently informed Pollard in writing that this projected release date is “not automatic,” and may be continued to 45 years or more. The Parole Commission is purportedly an independent arm of the Department of Justice.

During Friday’s daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was pressed by reporters as to whether Pollard would be released as a way to assuage Israeli concerns over the Iran deal.

“I’m certainly not aware of any sort of renewed discussion about what had been previously discussed about releasing him outside of the normal Department of Justice procedures that are in place,” Earnest said.

The decades-long ordeal of Pollard has included numerous occasions of broken promises, false hopes and shattered expectations.

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, who has been at the forefront of efforts to gain Pollard’s release for more than two decades, urged tefillah.

“This is a sensitive time. This is a time for tefillah to beseech Heaven to open the hearts and minds of the authorities to do what is right and good in the eyes of G-d and man and release Yehonoson ben Malka without any further delay,” Rabbi Lerner said.

18 comments:

  1. Devash, has Rav Fisch? done another installment of the 7 installments in what you posted a week or so ago?

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    1. I don't do the Rav Fish stuff. That's Yeranen Yaakov.

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  2. I wonder if Hillary will use Pollard, by promising to release him if elected.

    I'm also worried about him. I still think he knows some secrets which certain people do not want revealed.

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    1. THIS is the kind of thing they worry about, I think.

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  3. I think slipping Pollard into the news again is a political preamble for the palestinian negotiations/sanctions they are going to try to force on Israel. They will hold up Pollard as an eventual 'maybe' but in the end not release him as they have done all along. However, we should daven for his release.

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    1. It's all in Hashem's hands.

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  4. BS"D

    This is where its heading...no surprise those following were just waiting for: this is the end game!!

    H" is letting us know so we can do everything we can to get Am Yisrael ready....stronger spiritually aware and to awaken Am Yisrael in these next few weeks the better...critical time. Amaleka getting ready...

    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/07/obama-warns-putin-israel-is-next-after-historic-iran-nuke-agreement-2-3188450.html

    A stunning report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) states that President Barack Obama’s “unexpected” telephone call to President Putin yesterday not only thanked the Federation’s leader for the nations help in reaching a Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) agreement with Iran, but further warned that America’s leader was now preparing to unleash the power and might of NATO against Israel within 3 months.

    According to this report, on 14 July, the E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Islamic Republic of Iran signed an historic NPT agreement severely limiting Iran’s ability to manufacture or acquire nuclear weapons in exchange for global sanctions relief.

    Welcomed by both the United Nations and world leaders, this report continues, the US Congress has yet to approve this NPT agreement, but must do so within 60 days…and which if it refuses to endorse would catastrophically damage the United States global reputation and standing.

    When queried by President Putin as to if the US Congress would, indeed, endorse this NPT agreement with Iran, this report says, President Obama stated his “absolute assurance” that they would…and then “cryptically” added that “Israel is next” to be brought to heel before the world community for its “nuclear crimes” too.

    Within hours of President Obama stating to President Putin his intentions to make Israel adhere to the NPT, this report says, NATO announced that its Commonwealth Trident Juncture-2015 exercise, that was scheduled to take place from 28 September to 06 November in multiple locations across the Alliance including Italy, Portugal and Spain with over 25,000 troops expected to participate, had, instead, been massively altered to now become one that Alliance’s largest military drills in history…and which will be deployed against Israel across the Mediterranean.

    Over 36,000 NATO personnel from more than 30 countries will be participating in this massive war exercise, including non-NATO nations such as Sweden and Austria, this report explains, and is now scheduled to run from 3 October to 6 November…the exact time period immediately following the US Congress’ expected approval of the Iran NPT agreement.

    - Be Ready

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  5. BS"D

    Even more astounding about this massive war exercise, this report notes, was the Commander of the NATO military command in Brunssum, Netherlands General Hans-Lothar Domrose, who is organizing the exercise stating: “We invite international observers. [We have] no secrets, the secret is, what decisions I take, but everything else is transparent. And my decisions during the exercise would be transparent, as soon as I take them. The Russian Federation and all others who have expressed interest will be invited.”

    Important to note about President Obama’s “anger” with Israel, MoD experts in this report say, has been their stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making atomic bombs since the 1950’s which western governments, including Britain and the US, have continually turned a blind eye to, but which the international community has increasingly become alarmed about and which led to last December’s UN General Assembly resolution calling on the Israelis to “accede to that[NPT] treaty without further delay, not to develop, produce test or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons, to renounce possession of nuclear weapons”.

    Even worse, these MoD experts note, was the “secret deal” made between President Obama and EU leaders that if they supported his sanctions against the Russian Federation, he would then in turn (after the Iran NPT agreement was concluded) back their proposed UN sanctions against Israel.

    Though the exact UN sanctions being planned by the EU against Israel are not contained in this MoD report, they were leaked this past March to the British newspaper Guardian and reported on by the Jerusalem Post News Service who, in part, wrote about them:

    “The European Union has produced an explosive report recommending sanctions against Israel over its construction policies and security measures in Jerusalem, the British daily Guardian reported on its website on Friday.

    The leaked report describes the capital as a city gripped by the worst “polarization and violence” since the second intifada of a decade ago.

    The document, which is an amalgamation of recommendations prepared by European diplomats stationed in the region, accuses the government of exacerbating tensions in the city by accelerating construction in the eastern part of the capital.

    According to The Guardian, the city has been beset by a “vicious cycle of violence… increasingly threatening the viability of the two-state solution.” The report goes on to say that Israel’s “systematic” construction of housing in “sensitive areas” has compounded the problem.

    The EU report takes Israel to task for what it describes as “heavy-handed policing and punitive measures” against Arabs in the city, “including eviction and home demolitions by Israeli forces.”

    More significantly, the document prescribes a series of measures aimed at curbing the distribution and sale of products manufactured beyond the Green Line.

    The report urges restrictions against “known violent settlers and those calling for acts of violence as regards immigration regulations in EU member states.”

    With the EU suffering its worst migrant crisis in its history due to the devastating instability of both the Islamic Middle East and Northern Africa, this report continues, President Obama and his European counterparts have agreed upon a strategy of “neutering” Israel as a means to stops these regions from causing a much larger regional, or even global, catastrophe.

    And of the worst fears of both President Obama and EU leaders, this report warns, would be an Israeli unilateral nuclear attack upon Iran which would immediately plunge our entire world into war.

    - Be Ready

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  6. BS"D

    So in order to stop Israel, this report concludes, these Western powers have begun what they call a “carrot and stick” approach…which begins next week when US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter travels to Israel to offer them billions-of-dollars in additional conventional arms…but which will be contingent upon them accepting a two-state solution for their Palestinian population and joining the NPT which will mean their having to give up their nuclear weapons and putting their atomic facilities under international inspection and control measures.

    To if this President Obama-EU “plan” against Israel will work this report doesn’t state…but it is interesting to note that one of America’s foremost futurists, Gerald Celente, stated this week that “Finally – finally! – Obama has earned his Nobel Peace Prize” after the Iran agreement, instead of global war, was signed. One can only hope this type of sanity continues.

    Credit to The European Union Times

    http://nunezreport.blogspot.com/

    (This is right out of the Navi!!)

    - Be Ready

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    1. Celente is a gavone as we say in New York City. He gets a lot of air time but you can hardly call him any kind of thinker.

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  7. Are any of the other readers here just plain mentally exhausted from all of this? I don't know what to say anymore other than Hashem please save us. The whole world is at our throats and we are hardly emotionally stable enough to handle it.

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    1. I feel exactly the same way, especially with nothing really big happening as predicted. It's why I'm not posting more. What's left to say? Pretty much what the autistic boys have said, too.

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    2. The evil deal with Iran is the final piece in the puzzle in my view. The world cast its fate with that utter betrayal of God and His people. When Edom is ripped to shreds it will have no valid complaint.

      My guess, Moshiach reveals himself in two months and will demand that world Jewry return home. Some time after that, months? a year? the fireworks will begin.

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    3. Armchair generals have it all worked out. OK, but I'm not holding my breath. Anona

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    4. Anona I'm sure you can find a more respectful way to express your ideas.

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  8. MEDRISH “YALKUT SHIMONI” (Yeshiya 60):

    “Rabbi Yitzhak said: The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke each other. The king of Persia [in modern times they changed the name of their country to “Iran”] will threaten the king of Arabia [today called “Saudi” Arabia] and because of this the king of Arabia will go to the king of Edom [USA] for advice.

    Afterwards the king of Persia will destroy [most of] the world. The remaining nations will be hysterical and frantic and fall on their faces and will be seized as if by “birth pains”.

    And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical and they will say, where will we come and go? Where will be come and go?

    And Hashem will say to them: Do not fear my children, do not fear. All that I have done I did only for you. Why are you afraid? The time for your Redemption has come!

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  9. Devash, what do you mean nothing happening as predicted. This deal with the devil in Iran is bigger than anything that's happened yet. You don't need autistics for this. This utter mystery of foolishness plays perfectly into the prediction made by the Yalkut Shimoni. You should post this at the top of your blog:

    MEDRISH “YALKUT SHIMONI” (Yeshiya 60):
    “Rabbi Yitzhak said: The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke each other. The king of Persia [in modern times they changed the name of their country to “Iran”] will threaten the king of Arabia [today called “Saudi” Arabia] and because of this the king of Arabia will go to the king of Edom [USA] for advice.
    Afterwards the king of Persia will destroy [most of] the world. The remaining nations will be hysterical and frantic and fall on their faces and will be seized as if by “birth pains”.
    And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical and they will say, where will we come and go? Where will be come and go?
    And Hashem will say to them: Do not fear my children, do not fear. All that I have done I did only for you. Why are you afraid? The time for your Redemption has come!

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