The Forward Backs Off

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8 Responses

  1. dr. bill says:

    I doubt Gal Beckerman sees this as backing off; the issues are just multi-faceted. i as others continue to be appalled by use of terms like “his mistakes” and the use of the term pidyon shivuim. Both indicate the gulf between the impressions of his supporters and some others. That said, he got a rather harsh sentence. Did his behavior even during the trial contribute – probably; did the judge exhibit at least the appearance of bias – certainly. In any systems of laws, you should be punished based on your crimes versus your likability or demeanor.

  2. Reb Yid says:

    Since you bring up Pollard:

    Interesting that Jews across the denominational spectrum are finally on board here.

    But in the general political spectrum, only Congressional Democrats are pushing the Pollard release. The only Republicans who have signed on to the current campaign are those who are no longer in office, like George Shultz.

    For many on the list who have embraced Republicans for their “hard nosed” politics, where is the outcry? Perhaps it would be wise to take a closer, critical look at the worldview of those that you embrace uncritically. Surely if the roles were reversed and only Republicans were on board (no Democrats), we’d be hearing plenty about this from many bloggers and commenters on this board.

  3. Bob Miller says:

    What exactly did the Democrats accomplish for Pollard when they were in power?

  4. Reb Yid says:


    Until recently, neither party has done much of anything over the past several decades. Both have been in control of various branches during that stretch; there’s plenty of blame to go around.

    But, as they say, enough is enough. This has stretched on for far too long and finally, finally, there is growing political will–at least on one side–to make this happen.

    So it’s worth asking: why is not a single Republican currently holding a national political office willing to support Pollard’s release?

  5. Ori says:

    To continue Bob Miller’s point, the Democrats are currently in power as far as the Pollard issue is concerned. Pollard needs a presidential pardon, and the president, last time I checked, was a Democrat.

  6. Reb Yid says:

    So far, 3 Republicans (Reagan, Bush I and Bush II) and 1 Democrat (Clinton) have failed to pardon him. Let’s reserve judgment on Obama until, like his predecessors, he nears the conclusion of his term, where pardons are usually issued.

  7. BTG says:

    Perhaps we should have been Dan L’Kaf Zechus towards the Forward? 😉

  8. Joe Hill says:

    Reagan and Bush I could not realistically have pardoned him under any circumstances, given how long he served when they still served in Office. Clinton was the first President that realistically could have pardoned him — and yet refused to, even while pardoning a bunch of cronies of his.

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