We've said this before, but I really have to ask where is the fight in Obama?
The issue this time is the trial balloon they've launched that they might release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.
Pollard is a bad guy. He's serving a life sentence for selling American military secrets to Israel, secrets that found their way to the KGB in short order. As reported in Slate: The information Pollard gave to Israel included technical details of U.S. spy satellites and highly classified information about how the U.S. intercepted Soviet communications.
For years he's had supporters agitating to get him released, and now Obama is talking about turning him over for some kind of illusory promise by Netanyahu.
Not only is Pollard bad, what we're going to get for rolling over for Netanyahu is almost precisely nothing. Or, to be a little more specific, what Obama gets in the deal is Netanyahu sitting at the table pretending to negotiate in good faith for another year or so.
As usual, Josh Marshall has it right. If it's inevitable that Pollard will be released, the only time it should ever happen is if we get something really, really big for it. Like a comprehensive agreement. Pollard's release might be the biggest thing Netanyahu wants from Obama (except for getting him defeated, which he tried to do in 2012), so once Netanyahu gets Pollard back there's nothing left to give.
So when Netanyahu once again says he's not giving anything, and not stopping the illegal settlements, and we need to do something to persuade him to negotiate honestly, what's left?
Here's how to contact the White House.
Call the President
Call them today and tell them not to release Jonathan Pollard.