Obama reportedly refuses to annul Jonathan Pollard travel ban after parole


It’s reported in the Washington Post that US President Obama will not get involved in ‘compassionate appeal’ allowing longtime prisoner Jonathan Pollard to travel to Israel after serving an unprecedented 30 years in federal prison.

By Tova Dvorin


A ban may still be placed on Jonathan Pollard to travel to Israel after his release from US prison, officials from US President Barack Obama’s administration revealed late Monday to the Washington Post.

Jonathan Pollard – Photo: Yehuda Glick

Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes stated last week that Pollard’s release, which was due for this month according to the terms of his parole, could be brought up during the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Obama Monday night. Netanyahu, however, declined to answer questions regarding the matter.

Pollard, who was arrested on charges of spying for Israel in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison, began his 31st year in jail this past November; he is due to be released at the end of the month.

At that time, the Parole Board of the Justice Department rejected Pollard’s parole, with senior U.S. officials involved in the case writing to President Barack Obama to complain that the decision was “deeply flawed”.

He has been suffering from poor health and has recently become the subject of a high-profile campaign for his release.

Much debate has raged over the conditions of his upcoming release, after news surfaced that Washington would ban Pollard from leaving the US for 5 years after his parole.


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  1. Francois says:

    Another example of Obama’s irrationality, which is really prejudice.

    • When a double standard is consistently directed at Israel, one tends to believe a hidden agenda is at play, or sinister feelings are behind such irrational behavior.

      If it smells, like anti-Semitism, looks like anti-Semitism, and acts like anti-Semitism….

      • Gracie Bloom says:

        I agree with you .. while Oboma is allowing 6,000 Black Dope dealers out of prison who can go anyplace they want to… this poor man Jonathan Pollard is being mistreated because he is a Jew. His wife has lived in Israel for 29 years and he has no other family now after spending 30 years in Prison.. His Health is terrible and Israel has wonderful Health Care.. but to the dismay of all of the Haters.. Pollard has survived.. only to not let him go home to Israel.. the Jewish Homeland.. What a sad ending for him and I am sure that the haters are smiling! G-d Bless Jonathan Pollard!

  2. Francois says:

    Another example of Obama’s skewed “justice” is his desire to close GITMO, Guantanamo Bay prison, with an executive order. Or I could cite Obama’s seeming vendetta against alleged police “brutality” in the US, when police lives are threatened.
    When it falls upon a person to do right, or right a wrong, he must do it.

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