April 22, 2008, - 3:14 pm

The Strange Case of the Alleged Israeli Spy

By Debbie Schlussel
I begin this by saying I am absolutely against spying on America. It’s against the law and a betrayal. We are supposed to be loyal American citizens and support our country. We do not spy on it for third parties.
But America, sadly, has a very spotty–and biased–record with regard to whom we prosecute for spying and how tough a sentence we seek in relation to the damage to America’s national security.
Jonathan Pollard–a man in very poor health–has been in prison for over two decades for spying for an ally, Israel. Much of the information he gave Israel was info America pledged to give Israel per treaties both countries signed, but which America didn’t give. He also was accused at trial of disclosing information to the then-Soviet Union, which we now know was the work of Aldrich Ames. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison.

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Accused Spy Ben Ami Kadish

(Photo Tip: Carl in Jerusalem)

Contrast that with Chinese and Muslim spies–including the glaring case of Hezbollah spy Nada Nadim Al-Aouar Deladurantaye Valley Prouty. They spied for America’s enemies and, despite the irreparable national security havoc they wreaked, they received light sentences.
Prouty (who was technically not Muslim, but spied for them) will do less than six months in jail, if that, despite giving sensitive info to terrorist groups. Another man, a U.S. citizen with several aliases including Noureddine Malki and Almaliki Nour, served as a translator for our troops in Iraq and tipped off Al-Qaeda insurgents to our troop movements. This resulted in many IED explosion murders of our troops. The man was to be sentenced recently, and prosecutors were only seeking ten years in prison for him.
Now comes the case of Ben-Ami Kadish. Today, this 84-year-old man was indicted and arrested for allegedly spying for Israel . . . over 20 years ago, in 1985. Apparently, he had the same Israeli handler as Pollard, Yosef Yagur.
Kadish, it is claimed, shared nuclear secrets with Israel. (That’s strange, since by that time, Israel already had fully developed nuclear weapons.) Also alleged is that he shared info on F-15 fighter jets (which Israel has long since had) and the Patriot Missile (which America gave to Israel during the first Gulf War). In related news, Kadish has also been charged with industrial espionage for sharing Atari and BetaMax technology with Israel in the late ’70s/early ’80s.
There’s the obvious question: Why now? If authorities really believed Kadish was a spy for Israel, why didn’t America indict him then–when they went after Jonathan Pollard?
The conventional story is that America always believed there was a second Israeli mole, other than Pollard, and that the key to finding out his/her identity was the handler, Yagur. But Yagur left for Israel when Pollard was caught. If he was going to talk–which he wasn’t–he’d have talked then. I find it hard to believe that he, suddenly, went to American authorities and spilled “the goods” on Kadish.
And that’s not the case. The indictment details recent surveillance on Kadish and Yagur. So, it’s quite obvious the government knew about Kadish for years and has been watching him . . . and doing nothing until now, more than two decades later.
Frankly, I find the case very odd and absurd. If you knew a man spied in 1985, why are you suddenly indicting him now, when he’s barely alive?
I’ll tell you why.
We are, thankfully, in the last throes of the Bush Administration. After 6.5 years of failing to be the counter-terrorism President and–instead–wasting it on pressuring Israel, Bush and Condi Clueless want to give it one last, brute-force, old school try.
Making Israel look bad–and like it’s just another “enemy” that spies on America–is a brilliant PR move. It’s a great way to pressure Israel into giving up the store to the Islamic world’s favorite football, the Palestinians.
Using a doddering, ailing 84-year-old widower–not so brilliant. Just a shame.
If Ben-Ami Kadish was truly a spy against America–and perhaps he was, he should have been prosecuted . . . in 1985.
Now, it’s just ridiculous and reminds me of the FBI digging up a farm to find Jimmy Hoffa (when the oldest available suspect was 93). I can’t wait to see the forthcoming excuses about why they waited 23 years.
The government has been pursuing a trumped-up “espionage” case against two pro-Israel lobbyists who worked for the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), for several years now. The case–which has dragged on and on–even has the judge publicly doubting the case.
My view is that, since that case failed to adequately demonize Israel into capitulation, this is the next best thing that’s been waiting in the hopper.
And I believe it will go nowhere.
Much worse, the PR campaign for the “Get Israel” crowd is failing in this case on the first day. Carl in Jerusalem has a video report on the indictment. Where’s the video of this frail old man being arrested? That is must-see viewing and surely tells all about the validity of bringing this case, so many years later.
It’s embarrassing. Which is probably the word that encapsulates this entire non-sensical case.
If he is found guilty, I wonder if he will get the six-months-or-less sentence that Hezbollah spy Prouty will get.
And I’d love to see how much money and resources are being spent on this versus current cases of Muslim spying. We are in the fight of our lives against Islam, and instead, we are using our energies to fight an ally who did something wrong 23 years ago.
What a waste of firepower.
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FYI, in case you were wondering about the photo above, Kadish fought for the U.S. and Britain in World War II and that pic is from the Jewish War Veterans, his local post of which, he was the commander. He also fought with the Haganah to help in Israel’s founding.

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20 Responses

This is just a replay of the last “spy case” involving Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman. The idea is to de-fang AIPAC. It has been remarkably successful as AIPAC refuses to confront the administration on anything.
I certainly agree the charges are quite bogus. In fact, in the Rosen/Weissman trial, the prosecution has delayed and stalled the trial from progressing several times. This delaying tactic allows the trial and the indictment to stand throughout the remainder of the Bush Administration.
This new indictment is just a pile-in tactic brought to you just in time before the June AIPAC policy conference.
Fortunately, the fastest growing pro-Israel lobby in the United States is the CUFI and other Christian Zionist organizations. They don’t intimidate easily.

There is NO Santa Claus on April 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm

We should look at the FBI. Twenty years to solve a counter-intelligence case and all they to show for it is a frail old man in their custody? Its slip-shod work that reminds of their inept handling of terrorism. Somehow, I don’t think they will treat an old Jewish man with kid gloves like they treat Islamists who are a far greater threat to America’s security. So what’s the real agenda behind today’s announcement? Inquiring minds would like to know.

NormanF on April 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Could it be that this is cover for Bush, so he can skip out on Israel’s 60th Anniversary?

drz130 on April 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Would you give mercy to a spy if he was an arab?

fattulip on April 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Kind of strange, too, that the video made a big deal about how he had ‘recent’ contact with his Israeli handler. What in the world would he tell he ‘handler’ now? He’s 84; I would suspect he hasn’t worked for the military for years, & any information that he had would be obsolete, and probably subject to faulty memory. Also, what about Clinton sidekicks whose companies gave secrets to the Red Chinese back in the 90s, but no one said anything because they gave millions of dollars to Clinton.

c f on April 22, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Hi Debbie. 🙂
I’ve been reading your awesome blog for a few months now but I am just now starting to comment.
It’s great to see another freedom fighter who stands up for the truth about Islam, anti-Semitism, and what’s going on in America. I am not Jewish myself but I have enormous love and respect for my “elders brothers and sisters in the Faith” and I’m hard-core pro-Israel. Jews rawk.
I followed the Pollard case on and off for several years. I’m not old enough to have followed it from the beginning but I would say it’s been at least a dozen years since I first got interested in his story. Even from then something never sat right with me. It was always curious to me how, no matter what source I was reading, the writer would spend inordinate amounts of time detailing what a “weirdo” Pollard was. Just nitpicking at his personality, his behaviors, even his sexual preferences. I think that’s one of the things that clued me in that something was fishy about all the charges and accusations trumped up against him. Whenever someone wants to wrongfully accuse someone (or trump up the parts that are true and make them sound even worse) they go in for the ad hominem attacks. It’s actually not a clever tactic. Kids in Grade 9 do it all the time. And it’s okay to do that to a chubby Jewish guy with thick glasses and a receding hairline. Not even Ted Bundy was picked apart like Jonathan Pollard.
Also, I could never, ever understand why he got LIFE IN PRISON for spying on…an ally. Yes, spying is wrong. Yes, being a traitor to our country IS WRONG. But life in prison for spying for an ally?? I never got that.
Anyway, great blog. You’re cool, woman!

Madame Vengier on April 22, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Sorry. That first line, last paragraph should have said “spying FOR..an ally”.

Madame Vengier on April 22, 2008 at 8:12 pm

“Would you give mercy to a spy if he was an arab?”
Since Arabs (Muslims) want to murder Americans off the face of the earth, and Jews don’t…the answer would probably be “no”.
Or “hell no”. But simply “no” is more polite.

Madame Vengier on April 22, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Ok, I was wondering what all this was about.
Thanks, Deb.

bhparkman on April 22, 2008 at 11:16 pm

One only need read the case the FBI released to the courtroom to know what a horrible traitor Pollard was. Much was so classified they would not. Still with evidence presented in time of war Pollard would have been put to death. Shame we were not at war a the time. Pollard’s fantastic photographic memory was worth thousands of technical pages of Top secret weapon systems that could have been no value to Israel and it did make it’s way to Russia from there. Pollard was also paid a huge amount of money to betray his country. Even Clinton backed down from giving this traitor a pardon when threatened with mass resignation of DOJ appointees. Blind loyalty to Israel hurts the credibility of Jews.
[M: THERE IS NOTHING BLIND ABOUT ASKING WHY THE U.S. GOVT SAT ON AN ESPIONAGE CASE FOR 23 YEARS AND IS ONLY NOW PURSUING IT. AS FOR POLLARD, YOU ARE INCORRECT REGARDING RUSSIA. SINCE HIS TRIAL, IT’S BEEN DETERMINED THAT MOST OF THE INFO THE RUSSIANS GOT WAS NOT THROUGH ISRAEL VIA POLLARD, BUT FROM ALDRICH AMES, AS I NOTED IN THIS ENTRY. NO-ONE IS DENYING THAT POLLARD SPIED AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUNISHED, AS HE WAS. BUT HE WAS PUNISHED FAR MORE THAN ANY OTHER CONTEMPORARY SPY WHO SPIED FOR THE ENEMY. THERE IS NO REASON HE SHOULD BE IN PRISON FOR LIFE, WHILE NADA PROUTY WILL LIKELY NOT SERVE A DAY FOR SPYING FOR HEZBOLLAH AND NOUREDDINE MALKI/ALMALIKI NOUR WILL SERVE ONLY A FEW YEARS FOR TELLING AL-QAEDA OUR TROOP MOVEMENTS AND GETTING THEM KILLED. UNTIL YOU EXPLAIN THAT, YOUR CLAIM OF BLIND LOYALTY TO ISRAEL BY JEWS DOESN’T HOLD WATER WITH REGARD TO EFFORTS TO GET POLLARD RELEASED. HE’S BEEN IN PRISON FOR OVER TWO DECADES. THAT’S ENOUGH. DS]

mtnpilot on April 23, 2008 at 8:24 am

let me help you out here if I can ms d.
why was diana so popular for railing against land mines?
why did the clintoon gubmint spend billions hunting one man in the woods of nc instead of stopping 911?
why did the prosecutor go after the lacrosse team at duke so harshly?
its pretty simple actually.. you go after easy targets if you work for the gubmint. facing a real enemy or teaching crap to a non-captive audience is difficult and hardly ever flies. W has a lot on his plate and cant hit 1000 so we get ethanol and the palis on one hand while we get the iraqi killbox on the other.
youre framing of the pollard issue is succinct and direct. the fact the he did everything in the world to NOT help his case is another matter.
The problem we have is that the fourth branch of our government- the bureaucracy- controls the police and the schools and demands our surrender to their clique. they have the power to write their own checks and couldnt care less if YOU die while they feather their nests. We had a revolution against these “people” and our current leadership class wont raise a finger against them so you just have to deal with it and hope to dodge the lastwagens.
do you really think that anyone from the “notice me dammit!” crowd running the press, the reigns or the corporate world will change?
fascism, for those not drinking the commie kool-aid, is the linking of government and industry. the fascisti were the selected leaders of sensitive industries. in russia they were called ‘the red ministers’. in the current US they are called “industrial leaders”. Some are great, others are Soros style monsters. But Americans are pussies now and more concerned with “social acceptability” and “looking good” than being free and winning elections.
Just look at the last gubenatorial election here in the eastern european country of Michigan.
On the one hand we get a failed actress from Canada that was “educated” (led out of?) at Beserkley. I shouldve been a walk in the park to defeat her, but instead we get the Rino whitey wimp from grand rapids that cant even lift 50 lbs over his head, let alone take on the uber-dyke.
And the kicker is that he’s named after DEVO!!
We’re hosed as it sits and can only write on blogs for a while until it gets so bad that people either figure it out or go nuts and riot.
That’s why you need to keep your powder dry and not get drawn off into the anxiety and hopelessness of watching rich people try and figure out things that really dont matter to them.

playertwo on April 23, 2008 at 9:02 am

I am disgusted that both Clinton and Bush are keeping Pollard in prison. There can only be one explanation that makes sense and that is to torment Israel. As I recall the biggest sin committed by Pollard was to let the Israeli govt. know about Iraqi progress on building its nuclear “reactor.” With that intelligence, Israel was able to knock it out, to the relief and scorn of the rest of the chicken dooky world. As Debbie said, this is something that the US should have shared with Israel. Watching Bush and Condi continue to push for the dismemberment of Israel convinces me that Israel has no true allies anywhere that they can trust.

Sioux on April 23, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Dear Deb,
Ben Ami Kadish–even I know that it’s translated as “Son of My Holy People.” Ironic. It does fit the template–not yours, but mine.
I agree with you about Jonathan Pollard. It was a travesty. He should not get life in prison while the enemies of this country–including at least one former Democrat President–get a slap on the wrist or nothing at all.
Unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse. We have such gutless “leaders” that they will sell their souls to the devil in order to appease the Muslim barbarians. Unfortunately, too many of them would rather “make nice” with their enemies instead of supporting their allies. All the while they delude themselves with dreams of peace.
At least Neville Chamberlain woke up, even if it was too late.

Loser on April 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm

The treatment of Pollard and Kadish is doubly ironic now, as we are being reminded of the disposition of Obama’s terrorist friends and Weather Underground murderers Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn.

txvet2 on April 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm

http://www.njjewishnews.com/njjn.com/101906/sxPondsCouple.html

Adam Holland on April 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I can’t believe the Bush administration is using this case to pressure Israel as I fear Ohlmert is even more capitulationist to the Arabs than America is. I do think this case is used to frighten the AIPAC strawman or American Jews who will create protests/opposition to Ohlmert’s capitulationists policies. Ohlmert doesn’t care about this guy or Jonathan Pollard. Pollard should be released now and the U.S. shafted him out of their mutually agreed plea agreement.

Underzog on April 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm

If Israel nuked the U.S.A. you would find a way to justify it. You should just move to Israel if that is where your loyalties lie. If all the Jews with balls would just move to Israel maybe Israel could stand on its own two feet again and not be the little bitch it is today.

ECW on April 23, 2008 at 7:17 pm

ECW must work for clueless Condi. If not, he’s being cheated out of a salary, unless he’s a disloyal Muslim.

c f on April 23, 2008 at 8:42 pm

ECW is using the Joseph Goebbel’s propaganda technique of turnspeak. http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~jkatz/turnspeak.html The technique was created by a Nazi and is improved upon by the Arabians.
As the Turnspeak propaganda accusing the targeted side (the Jews) of doing or contemplating the loathsome things the Muslim side is doing, it is effective psychologically because of its evil and audacity.

Underzog on April 24, 2008 at 8:13 am

CAROLINE GLICK of the JERUSALEM POST wrote an excellent analysis of this latest “spy scandal”.
These spy scandals are really goofy. If Israel really wanted to spy on the US, they could do so with ease just by hiring Christians to do the spying. The keystone cops who run our FBI wouldn’t even think to look for them.
This whole thing is so totally stupid, it’s not even getting much press play.
On another note, look for one of the Democratic presitential candidates to make a campaign promise to release Jonathan Pollard in an effort to gain support from American Jewish voters. My crystal ball tells me that Barak O’Bama will probably be the one to do it. Remember where you heard it first.

There is NO Santa Claus on April 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

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