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Submitted by Paul la Demain (United States), Feb 24, 2014 at 15:31

Might the point you raised in this article also speak to the spinelessness of Israel's PM and his elderly, loquacious "president"? That each of the foregoing has a long record of engaging in abject conciliations that would embarrass the leaders of other nations had the latter engaged in the same sort of national debasement? Or are you saying that the Jews of Israel are as twisted as the lobby known as the "J Street" Jews; Jews who defame the nation of Israel and lobby for the destruction of the nation of Israel by arab forces? In short, why do these Jews talk big and brag about their "wonderfulness" and then behave as if they think they are inferior to, let's say, Catholics? The Vatican has countenanced horrors and yet you will not see Catholics lobbying Washington to destroy the Vatican. To the contrary, the Reagan administration established diplomatic relations with the Vatican as if it were a state (an act that in many minds skirts the standards and values laid out in the US constitution.) Indeed, there is no Catholic counterpart to the "J Street" Jews.

Are you not intimating that Israeli officials really are afraid to rebuff extortion and reject bullying? That their fear is not a charade engaged in to tamp down the anxieties of Sunnis and Shiites while providing cover for US interests in the middle east? And are you intimating that the US State Dept. is well aware of their spinelessness and will, as in the past, poke and abuse Israeli government officials as if they were marshmallows? Or are you saying that the people of Israel are less interested in an honest democracy than the people in the streets in the Ukraine? Or are you saying that Jews in the US are afraid of criticism and nastiness and that the Jews of Israel are more interested in individual self-reward than fealty to their nation---much in the same manner as the unstatesmanlike misconduct of corporate purchasers of US politicians and the self-indulgent politicians willing to be bought?

We believe Pollard should be released in the name of justice in order to prove that justice remains a principal of the US judicial and political system and that bargaining for his release, should this become a factor for his release, would shame both sides, more so the US.

If what we read about Caspar Weinberger (not a Jew, by the way) is true, then this man's adherence to British interests---especially with respect to taking sides with the UK in the matter of the Falkland Islands, his rejection of this paternal grandparent's transient Jewish faith---all of this should be brought into light because it speaks to the man's character and obsessions. From the distance imparted by the passage of time, it appears that Weinberger was driven to express his antipathy toward the Jewish faith by singling out Pollard for excessive punishment; punishment that Weinberger did not support for the members of the John Walker spy ring that actually harmed US national security. Pollard merely spied for a US ally, his spying did not harm US interests, and perhaps he spied for Israel because the US had double-crossed Israel. Some day the whole truth will emerge. As we all know now, the US spies on everyone, apparently sniffing for political antagonists as well as the real dangers posed by al Q.

--- SC4Z [Secular Christians for Zion]

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My criticism of the Israeli leadership concerns not its spinelessness but its lack of strategic thinking.

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