Ugh. I don't know which is more depressing, that Obama refused to release Jonathan Pollard or that Obama Worship is alive and well... even in Israel.
Ruthie Blum at Israel Hayom:
....When Obama was elected for his first term in 2008, [Israeli anchorwoman Yoni] Levi did not conceal her elation. Then, when she interviewed him at the White House two years later, she behaved more like a PR person in his employ than a representative of the foreign press.
Nor did Levi's enthusiasm for the U.S. president subsequently wane. Indeed, her reporting of his re-election in November was not merely biased in his favor; it gave new meaning to the term "puff piece."
So why would the White House have dared gamble on an interviewer from a different channel — one who might turn out to be a hard hitter on matters of policy?
The decision not to take such a risk paid off, big-time. Levi was true to form. She cooed through a list of sympathetic questions, and accepted each of Obama's replies with nary a challenge to a single stuttered platitude on his part.
This included his ridiculous response to her hesitant query about the possible release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. No, said Obama, he did not have plans to pardon Pollard. Pollard committed a criminal act, and criminals in the U.S. are punished. Levi nodded. Got it. No further questions, your honor. Your majesty. Your royal highness.
That Jewish Lobby is really something, huh? First they prevent Chuck Bagel's confirmation in the Senate and now they're getting Jonathan Pollard released after a quarter of a century in prison! Kudos to Lenny in Cleveland.