Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
As ambivalent as the Israeli government was from the beginning of Jonathan Jay Pollard's nightmare with American law, I don't think it's a secret that getting him released from prison and bringing him to Israel are far from the top of the Israeli Government's "wish list."
Pollard's punishment has been totally unprecedented when taking into account that he gave information to an ally. He did not work for an enemy of the United States.
Over the twenty-five years he has been imprisoned, he and his second wife, Esther, have become the darlings of Israel's Right. Actually, it was former MK Geula Cohen of Techiya who was the very first Israeli official to champion his cause. Pollard's an intelligent man who worked with secret American security information before his arrest.
I have no doubt that Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not want an unmuzzled Jonathan Pollard in Israel. The classic children's story of The Emperor's New Clothes ends with the townspeople agreeing with the little boy who said that their ruler was stark naked. But in Israel, when someone on the Right points out the mistaken Leftist policies of the government, they are frequently jailed. The proof's in the pudding, because after twenty-five years of difficult imprisonment, Pollard doesn't seem closer to release.