6 Elul 5780
Please see an update on Yehonatan Pollard's situation in this Hamodia article dated yesterday:
It is important to note that the five years of parole should be set to end on November 21, 2020, but it's not guaranteed, as the article cited above explains...
...In a footnote to one of their legal briefs in this case, the U.S. government noted that “there is a statutory presumption that five years after a parolee’s release, the Commission shall terminate supervision over such parolee unless the Parole Commission makes a showing that there is a likelihood that the parolee will engage in conduct violating any criminal law.”
That five-year mark is coming up in November, but sources close to the Pollards told Hamodia that, so far, the Parole Commission is refusing to say whether they will finally lift these restrictions at that date, and has rejected the pleas by Pollard’s lawyers for an answer.
History has shown that when it comes to Jonathan Pollard, presumptions simply don’t apply. The hatred toward Israel and American Jews that caused him to receive a life sentence in the first place has not disappeared. The same government officials who have insisted on these irrational, oppressive restrictions will be the ones making the decision whether or not to lift them in 2020, and they have the legal (though not the moral) ability to keep them in place until 2030.
In my blog post entitled Daniel: Part 3 - "A Time, Times and Half", I make a case for this being a reference to 10-20-5, the time Yehonatan Pollard, "the Yosef of our generation," has been locked up. I explain how there seemed to be a tacit agreement between the US and the Israeli government that Pollard would spend 10 years in prison and then go out. But, like the original official agreement not to impose a life sentence, they broke it. He spent 20 more years in prison beyond the first 10 and then, upon release, was restricted to virtual house arrest for 5 years of parole.
Because of this, I feel certain that Pollard will, in fact, be released from parole in 87 more days. In addition, I think that's why the Parole Board is being recalcitrant on the issue. At this point, they can only prolong his torture by withholding any confirmation of a soon release.
Eisav's power is dwindling and HKB"H never allowed them to have any merit from doing Yehonatan Pollard any "favors." But, until it is a done-deal, let's really increase our prayers on Yehonatan's and Esther's behalf.
It's Elul and "the King is in the field" - very accessible. When you "see" HKB"H, please remember Yehonatan ben Malka and Esther Yocheved bat Raizel Brachah, and ask the King to grant them both a refuah shleimah and the freedom to come home to Eretz Yisrael.
See also: Overlooking the Obvious