MK Esterina Tartman [Yisrael Beiteinu] says that the US, instead of pressuring Israel to free Palestinian terrorist prisoners, should free its own Israeli prisoner - Jonathan Pollard. She also attempts to explain why her party is remaining in the Olmert government.Now would be a good time for the US to release Pollard. One reason they would not want to release him would be if the US doesn't want to take the potential trade of Pollard for Marwan Barghouti off the table.
Speaking with Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine on Monday, Tartman said, "The American demand that we free terrorists is unfair, because they should first practice what they preach. They are holding a Jew who is sitting in prison and they don't want to release him; he didn't murder anyone, he doesn't have blood on his hands, did not work for an enemy country, yet they have stubbornly held him year after year. By what right do they come and demand of us to release those who long to murder Jews?"
Politics trumps all.