POLLARD for BARGHOUTI ….and don’t forget VANUNU!

1 04 2014


Here’s the news from yesterday:


JERUSALEM (Reuters) – 31 March 2014.     An Israeli spy serving a life sentence in the United States and groups of Palestinian prisoners could be freed under an emerging deal to salvage Middle East peace talks, sources close to the negotiations said on Monday.

The sources, who spoke as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders, said under the proposed arrangement that Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst caught spying for Israel in the 1980s, could be released by mid-April…

Here’s what I wrote on 26 March 2014:

Holding placards with the Pollard's picture, right-wing activists protest for his release.  Sunday (23 March)  I wrote about a deal that would make political and historical sense!  The U.S. would give Israel Pollard, this would make it possible for Israel to give up Marwan Barghouti, and that would not only make it possible for Mahmoud Abbas to continue the “Peace Process” (still grotesquely disingenuous but I’m overlooking that at the moment) and with Barghouti’s involvement it just might go somewhere other than to oblivion…if that is…the Israelis are serious (of course I don’t believe they are but hope springs eternal).

Just happened that evening I had dinner with a senior Jewish American rather intimately involved through an organization with the “Peace Process” and the White House.  Just happens the next day a White House official and others were informed of the idea.  I was informed of what transpired last night.

Then early this morning, Wednesday, comes the news that Kerry is breaking off from the President’s European trip to rush to the Middle East (again!) to meet with Abbas in Jordan and probably Bibi in Jerusalem.  And at the same time there’s a story floated that the U.S. is willing to give up Pollard if the Israelis will fulfill their prior promise to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners they’ve held for decades….

Hey White House official, the idea wasn’t to release Pollard, it was to trade Pollard for Barghouti!  Here it is again if you missed it!     http://wp.me/p4cuy-9CF

Oh, and by the way, there was another part of the proposed deal I passed on rather privately Sunday.  Obama and Kerry should be telling the Israelis that an unspoken part of the deal should be that “quietly” within a few months of the Pollard/Barghouti trade the Israelis should let Mordechai Vanunu fly away from Israel!  Beyond self-serving politics of the moment let’s have some justice and decency once and a while.