April 10, 2014
US to Trade Spy in Return for Terrorists Being Released and No Hope of Actual Peace Deal
I think the headline pretty much sums my thoughts on this up:
Sources in Jerusalem confirmed Thursday that Israel has presented the Palestinians with a new package aimed at extending peace talks, and the US has not taken the possible release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard off of the table.I don't know what to think about Pollard. There's a lot of misinformation about him in the Israel, namely that he's some kind of a hero. Ok, right, whatever: the guy did what he did for money.
A diplomatic source said that "if the Palestinian Authority agrees to stop its plans to join a number of international treaties and conventions, Israel will agree to a new prisoner release package in return for the continuation of negotiations until the end of the year at a minimum."
On the flip side -- he turned over secrets to a friendly country. Which isn't cool, but it's not the same thing as spying for, say, the Soviets.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is that he seems like he's served enough time. This part of the deal I don't care so much about.
But whenever the Palestinians have to be placated with a "prisoner release" I'm again reminded of the moral sewer that these people live in. These prisoners are mostly common murderers, thugs, and terrorists. When you demand the release of those people? Yeah, you're a douche.