The Betrayal Of  Jonathan Pollard

    The United States made an agreement with Israel to share intelligence information.  Jonathan Pollard, a spy for the United States, found out that the United States was withholding a lot of the intelligence it had agreed to share with Israel that would have helped Israel protect  itself against the Arabs.   The United States was betraying Israel..  Jonathan started passing to Israel the information and was caught and has been in a U.S. prison ever since.  Jonathan passed secrets to a friendly country yet has been imprisoned longer than spies who have passed information to enemy countries.  Pollard's actions were seen as very damaging by the United States, probably because the U.S. wants Israel to see the U.S. as a friend so that Israel will carry out the concessions to the Arabs that the U.S. wants.

    The following is Jonathan's story in his own words.

    "I started off in 1984 as a volunteer who basically wanted to right what I thought was a horrendous wrong being done to Israel," he said. "I worked without pay for over six months and then, during the course of 1985, I was gradually transformed into a full-fledged agent ... for four or five months. I received an Israeli passport and a code name, Danny Cohen, and I began determining what information should be collected and how it should be used and disseminated in Israel.   "I was good at what I did, but the bottom line is I never should have started.   I should have made aliyah before I broke the law. And that is the lesson, the whole point of my experience. It's irrelevant that I became an agent or stopped being a volunteer."

    Asked why he agreed to become a paid agent, Pollard said: "I was so scared about what was being withheld, and the more I dug, the more horrified I became about the extent of the betrayal."  He said the documents he was providing Israel contained material the U.S. had explicitly promised not to withhold from Israel. But Pollard said he now recognizes that it was wrong to have taken it upon himself to provide that material.

    "I should have gone to somebody, perhaps someone in the House or Senate intelligence committees, to correct the problem. I let my fear get the best of me."  Pollard revealed that he had "submitted papers to the Navy indicating my intention to resign at the end" of 1985.

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