Biden & The Jews
By Micah Halpern
Monday October 3, 2011
I've Been Thinking:
Vice President Biden was quoted in Saturday's New York Times as having spoken to 15 rabbis. The subject was Jonathan Pollard.
Biden told the group that President Obama was considering clemency for the convicted spy, sentenced to life in prison in 1987.
Biden reported that he advised Obama --- using the term "over my dead body" - not to allow Pollard to get out before his sentence is up.
Considering that Biden was sent by the White House to smooth over issues with the Jewish community and to pave the road for campaign funds to come rolling in, this was an unfortunate admission. .
The Pollard question is a very sensitive for the Jewish community. It has been on the table during the tenure of several presidents. The best method of dealing with the issue is to confront it directly. Biden took it to the extreme.
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