Rafi Eitan, who's running for the Knesset, said that if he gets elected he'll work to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard
. Eitan was Pollard's Mossad handler and the man whom Pollard blames for turning him over to the FBI after he sought refuge at the Israeli embassy - as Eitan had originally ordered him to do in the event of possible capture. Esther Pollard met with Eitan in 1998 and was stunned to hear him say that the only thing he regrets is that he "didn't finish the job" before leaving the States. He said if he had been at the embassy when Pollard came to seek asylum, he would have put a bullet through his head and "there would have been no Pollard affair."
Eitan didn't deny he made that statement and he added that Pollard would have a better opportunity at release "if he and his wife just keep quiet. They are being too noisy and turning things into controversy." I beg to differ. Pollard was convicted of one count of passing classified information to an ally. The median sentence for this particular offense is two to four years. Pollard not only was sentenced to life imprisonment (of which he has already served 20 years), but his sentencing was in spite of a plea agreement to spare him life imprisonment in exchange for his cooperation with the investigation. He is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for spying for an ally.
Being noisy at an injustice and creating controversy is better than being silent and complicit.