New York – Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) says he has nothing but respect for Jonathan Pollard’s position in opposing to be freed from a U.S. jail in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. Pollard’s position was shared by Israeli Knesset Member Uri Ariel who told the AP that people close to Pollard said he opposes such a “shameful deal.”
“As I said yesterday, Jonathan Pollard has been imprisoned too long by any standards, and we pray each day for his release, but the United States should not be advocating the release of murderers and terrorists. Of course, Pollard should be released, but his release should in no way be connected with the release of murderers and terrorists who are sitting in Israeli prisons for their crimes against innocent men, women and children. History shows that a large percentage of those released will return to commit further acts of terror against innocents.
“I applaud Jonathan’s courage. I applaud his integrity. Half of his life has been spent in jail and yet he is still willing to remain behind bars rather than let loose those who would murder innocent victims. We can all learn a great lesson from Jonathan Pollard.”
Assemblyman Hikind has been advocating for Pollard for decades and has visited Pollard at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina.