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Jonathan Pollard Urges "Dual Loyalty" And Spying For Israel

Allan C. Brownfeld, Editor
Special Interest Report
April 2021

Jonathan Pollard, who as a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy  
in the 1980s was found guilty of spying for Israel and served 30 years in  
prison, not only has no regrets for his action but urges other American Jews  
to follow in his footsteps.  
Now a resident of Israel, which he considers his real “home,” Pollard was  
interviewed by the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom (March 25, 2021). He  
said, “The bottom line on this charge of dual loyalty is, I’m sorry, we’re  
Jews, and if we’re Jews we will always have dual loyalty.” Pollard said  
Jews were deluding themselves if they thought of America as their home. He  
suggested that he would counsel a young Jewish American working in an  
American security agency to spy for Israel, as he did.  
“I would tell him,” Pollard said, “that not doing anything is unacceptable.  
So simply going home (to Israel) is not acceptable... You have to make a  
decision whether your concern for Israel and loyalty to Israel and loyalty  
to your fellow Jews is more important than your life.”  
Pollard was paroled from his life sentence in 2015 and arrived in Israel  
last year. He was met at the airport by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin  
Netanyahu. He arrived on a private plane provided by the late casino mogul  
Sheldon Adelson. Adelson once said that he regretted having served in the  
U.S. Army rather than the Israeli military.  
Jonathan Pollard grew up in a family committed to Zionism. He recalls that  
at his synagogue “there were two flags: a U.S. and an Israeli one. That’s  
how I was raised.” He was told that Israel was the “homeland” of all Jews  
and that he was in “exile” in America. In his extensive espionage for  
Israel, his actions seemed consistent with the Zionist philosophy he had  
learned. **

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