A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:
Might this be the time Jonathan Pollard gets freed? The White House is reportedly considering Israel's request to release spy Jonathan Pollard, something that Israel has been pushing for for over two decades. "Pollard’s release would constitute a political triumph for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and it would create feelings of gratitude for Netanyahu among the right-wing ministers in his ruling coalition. But these feelings would dissipate entirely at the exact moment when Netanyahu returns to the business at hand: trading land to the Palestinians in exchange for peace," wrote Jeffrey Goldberg at Bloomberg View. "His release is not certain," said Ruth Marcus in The Washington Post, "but wouldn’t be surprising. What more is to be achieved from his continued incarceration for a few extra months — especially when there is the prospect, however slim, of gain from letting him go early?"
Storming the Mosque
Jewish extremists on Sunday "stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of the Israeli police," according to reports. They broke through the Al-Magharbeh Gate, the latest example of their breaking into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Al-Quds. The incidents have upset Palestinians and has led to violent confrontations. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have "approved a plan to build a Jewish synagogue near the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Al-Quds," other reports indicate. The synagogue will sit nearby to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Stay tuned.
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