Pollard and his wife Esther arrived in Israel in a private plane belonging to GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands, and were greeted at the airport by PM Netanyahu who presented them their new Israeli ID cardshttps://t.co/diDtp9PkqDpic.twitter.com/BRQCaQOZBh— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) December 30, 2020
Welcome home to Jonathan and Esther Pollard!— Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) December 30, 2020
I don’t know about you.
I have a bitter taste in my mouth though leftover from the brand of “National Populism” that I was sold by Steve Bannon and Populism Inc. sites like Breitbart in 2016.
“Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. Navy Intelligence analyst who spent three decades in jail as a spy for passing classified intelligence to Israel, has arrived in the Jewish state — where he has long said he wanted to live
Pollard and his wife, Esther, landed at Ben Gurion Airport outside of Tel Aviv in the early hours of Wednesday morning on a private jet provided by American Jewish casino-magnate and philanthropist, Sheldon Adelson.
A video shows Pollard kissing the ground upon his arrival in the holy land, a common Jewish custom practiced by new Immigrants to Israel, before being greeted on the tarmac by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“You’re Home” Netanyahu said, before handing the Pollards their Israeli identification documents. Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995, while still in prison. Netanyahu then recited the Shehechiyanu prayer, a traditional construct to mark special occasions. …”
“Israel had pressed the U.S. for decades to hand Pollard over and allow him to live in Israel, but its efforts were unsuccessful until November when the Justice Department announced that it would not renew the five-year travel ban that was part of Pollard’s parole.
The decision was seen as a boost of Netanyahu by the Trump administration and could be a key talking point for the prime minister as he faces his fourth election in two years amid parliamentary disputes. …”
This is the latest victory for MIGA.
It is another personal favor from Trump to Netanyahu who previously recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in order to boost Netanyahu’s chances of winning reelection.
Sheldon Adelson had Jonathan Pollard flown back to Israel on his private jet where Bibi Netanyahu welcomed him as a hero and gave him Israeli citizenship papers at the airport. We live in a country where billionaires obviously now have the power to buy the government and get the policies they want. They are so confident and brazen now in using their influence that they can bribe the government to get a favorable decision from the State Department for a convicted spy and traitor like Jonathan Pollard.
How in the world did this ever come to be conflated with nationalism and populism?