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Welcome home, Jonathan Pollard – opinion

Welcome home, Jonathan Pollard – opinion

CHARLES O. KAUFMAN


It’s about time. Pollard has done his time, though had he been denied parole he could have served another dozen years.

Jonathan and Esther Pollard outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York City /  (photo credit: REUTERS)

After wandering the desert for 40 years, Moses never made it to the Promised Land. After 34 years of serving a life sentence for spying in the US for Israel, Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard reportedly will go home.

And it’s about time. He’s done his time, though had he been denied parole he could have served another dozen years.

While he’d been released from prison since 2015, Pollard was sentenced to live five more years in the United States. Federal officials cut him no slack, even though more than a year ago he was living in deteriorating health. He pleaded guilty 34 years ago to committing espionage in connection with providing Israeli contacts with hundreds of classified documents that he had obtained as a civilian intelligence specialist for the US Navy.

Since 1986, when Pollard was convicted, the world has transformed technologically. Thus, one suspects Pollard’s technological brain has been wiped clean. In 1986, where were we? Dial up connections? A 512K computer? A two-megabyte external hard drive?

Relative to commonplace hacking today and undetected cyber violations, one thing is clear: Jonathan Pollard has spent half his life in captivity and, by all accounts, he no longer presents a danger to the world by spying. An ailing, all-but-spent convict just wants to live out his days in Israel. He’s getting his wish.

He said through his attorney he’s looking forward to being reunited with his wife, Esther.

Pollard’s release is bittersweet. He could have been let go earlier for medical reasons, but he wasn’t. Just five years ago, Americans felt the sting of releasing three Cuban spies for American Alan Gross. The memory of swapping five still-dangerous Taliban prisoners – terrorists – for a disgraced American soldier burns brightly in the American psyche.

After the US government threw the book at him, Pollard will live out the final chapter of his life in Israel. He will return home well aware that Israel looks very different. It’s an old land about to enter a new era. Pollard is finished wandering through US jurisprudence. He’ll enter the land to rejoin his people.


The writer is president of B’nai B’rith International.


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U.S. to preserve Israel’s right for security

U.S. to preserve Israel’s right for security

TV7 Israel News


1) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterates Washington’s unwavering commitment to the Jewish State; pledging to continue to honor Israel’s right to defend its own people and sovereignty.

2) The Islamic Revolutionary Guards unveil a warship capable of carrying aircraft – at a time when the United States is gearing for a military withdrawal from Iran’s neighbors, Iraq and Afghanistan.

3) The European Union is evidently dragging its feet in all that pertains to Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.


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Israeli TV Hit Shines Light on Only Female Soldier Killed in Yom Kippur War

Israeli TV Hit Shines Light on Only Female Soldier Killed in Yom Kippur War

Israel Hayom / JNS.org


A destroyed Israeli tank is seen during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

 “Valley of Tears,” a 10-part Israeli TV series on the Yom Kippur War, has generated renewed interest in the 1973 national trauma. HBO Max acquired world rights for the series, which focuses on the stories of four soldiers, was created by the Israel network Kan, and began airing on Oct. 19.

Despite the buzz, some viewers have lamented that the show, titled “Sha’at Ne’ila” in Hebrew, all but ignores the role of women during the war.

One such woman was Niva Shaul, who was among the 2,673 Israeli troops killed during the fighting.

Shaul was born in Mishmar Hanegev, a kibbutz in southern Israel that her parents helped found. “She was a quiet girl that always got her way, but did so quietly,” her mother said after the war in a special memorial film. “She loved to dance and sing, her friends loved her and she knew how to listen and dispense advice,” her mother continued.

In 1968, Shaul started serving in the Israel Defense Forces as a stenographer. During her service, she also met her partner, Benny, who was an aircraft maintenance technician, and following her discharge, they moved to central Israel. She would later start working at a travel agency that catered to tourists in Israel. “They were looking to move into a new apartment, but then the war broke out,” her mother said.

During the war, she was called into reserve duty because she had the much-needed telecommunications training. On the third day of the war, she joined a convoy that went toward the southern front in the Sinai. After arriving at the main IDF headquarters in Refidim, the convoy was attacked by a squadron of Egyptian MiGs

“She told me they were about to get married and fixed me a chocolate sandwich, and then the bombing began,” recalled Yair Yam, who served on the battalion she was embedded with during the war. She was laid to rest in her kibbutz, leaving behind two parents and two sisters. She was posthumously promoted.


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Israel-US ratchet-up pressure Iran; IAEA accuses Tehran of lying

Israel-US ratchet-up pressure Iran; IAEA accuses Tehran of lying

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Israeli ‘Fauda’ Actor Performs in Dubai With Iranian Singer

Israeli ‘Fauda’ Actor Performs in Dubai With Iranian Singer

Shiryn Ghermezian


Idan Amedi. Photo: Screenshot.

“Fauda” star and Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Amedi recently performed in the United Arab Emirates with an artist from Iran, as evident from a video posted last week on Twitter by “Fauda” co-creator and Amedi’s costar Lior Raz.

Raz shared last Friday a short clip of Amedi performing on stage alongside a female Iranian singer at a venue in Dubai.

Raz wrote in the video’s caption: “Amazing Israeli singer with an amazing Iranian singer with audience from Jordan Lebanon Syria the UAE and it all happens in Dubai this is what peace is all about.”

That same day, Amedi shared on Instagram a video of Dubai’s skyline at night and a caption about the week he spent in the UAE that he would remember “for many years to come.”

In his Hebrew message, he also praised Emiratis as “good people, very smart and heartfelt.”

In September, Amedi blessed his Emirati fans in a video posted on Twitter and said he was excited to visit their country following the normalization agreement reached by the Jewish state and the UAE.


Idan Amedi – Fauda Theme Song

מילים ולחן: עידן עמדי
עיבוד: פטריק סבג, תום כהן ועידן עמדי
הפקה מוסיקלית: פטריק סבג ועידן עמדי

פתיח:
קחי את חלומותיי,
רק תני לי לשים את ראשי עליך,
להרגיש את נשימותייך ולהירגע,
סוף סוף קצת שלווה,
בכל האי-סדר הזה …

מילים:
מנסים למצוא מקלט הלילה,
כבר זמן להירדם,
מנסים זה רק אני והמכונית,
הלילה קל להיות בודד,
מנסים למצוא מקלט הלילה,
כבר זמן להיות שקט,
מדי פעם מדמיין ת’מואזין,
באוזן ממלמל.

يلا فوت تنم حبيبي קדימה כנס לישון אהוב/
فوت تنم أخوي وبكرة راح يكون منيح , כנס לישון אחי ומחר יהיה טוב/
بكرة الشمس تشرق والقمر يغيب מחר השמש תזרח והירח ישקע/
ولعالم جديد نروح ולעולם חדש נלך /

מנסים למצוא מסתור בחושך,
כולם כאלו מוארים,
עוד יש בי כעס הוא לא מניח לי לישון,
דוגר בפנים כל החיים,
ואם תסתכלי קרוב הלילה,
חרכת כל פינה בלב,
אז כשרע לי, כן, אני אכאיב לך גם,
עד כדי כך אני אוהב.

يلا فوت تنم حبيبي קדימה כנס לישון אהוב/
فوت تنم أخوي وبكرة راح يكون منيح , כנס לישון אחי ומחר יהיה טוב/
بكرة الشمس تشرق والقمر يغيب מחר השמש תזרח והירח ישקע/
ولعالم جديد نروح ולעולם חדש נלך /

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קולות: עידן עמדי.
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בס : אבי חזות
עוד סאז וגיטרה חשמלית : אוהד ויקי
גיטרה חשמלית: רועי צעדי
כינורות : אביבה אלייב
קאנון ודרבוקה: אמיר אלייב

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