President Obama’s popularity among the Jewish community and in Israel continues to plummet as his administration pushes forward with an unpopular and unwise deal with Iran. Massive rallies are taking place across the United States, showing just how angry the American Jewish community is about the deal, which would make it easier for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Remember, this is the same country that has put the annihilation of the Jewish State on its wish list.
In an attempt to appease both Israel and American Jews, Obama announced in July that he would release a convicted Jewish-American spy, Jonathan Pollard, who relayed classified information to Israel. The release is scheduled for this week. Some commentators have called it a consolation prize. An American traitor for a nuclear Iran? What a trade!
When Pollard’s release was announced my husband wrote for the New York Post about why American Jews were getting the short end of the stick again with Pollard’s release.
Saying he’s no hero is insufficient. Jonathan Pollard betrayed American Jews twice over.
The administration may argue he’s no longer a security threat, and maybe after 30 years that’s true. But Pollard will continue to be a threat to the careers and livelihoods of American Jews who can’t get security clearances, for example, or who see their professional advancement slowed or blocked completely in any number of other ways — all because Pollard took an ugly charge against American Jews from the hypothetical to the real.
That charge, of course, is that we’re less loyal to America simply because we’re Jews and so also love Israel. It’s uniquely ugly because no such suspicion applies to Americans whose ancestors came from, say, Ireland or Iran.
Once again President Obama has proven that above all else, he cares about optics and popularity. Instead of making a real effort to rebuild bridges, Obama has taken a perceived short-cut in an attempt to quiet a frustrated and frightened Jewish community both in the United States and abroad.
Some, both in Israel and the United States, may welcome Pollard’s release, which they view as a long time coming, given the nature of his crimes and the length of his sentence compared to spies convicted of similar crimes.
Unfortunately for the President, the Jewish community isn’t so naive to think that the President has their best interests in mind just because of the release of a convicted traitor to the American people.