The Washington Shuk - Media Release
May 12, 1999
Sources: Ha'aretz, IMRA and news agencies
According to Washington sources there is a joke in insider circles about
the Persian carpet that Washington has sold a dozen times over.
Years ago, a trusting "friend" bought the carpet, paid for it, and took
Washington's word for it that the rug would be delivered "shortly".
A year later Washington hauled out the same Persian carpet in a
different venue, and sold it to the same schnook all over again, but
this time at a higher price, and again with no delivery date.
Every year since then, the same schnook shows up in Washington and
purchases the same carpet all over again. Washington laughs all the way
to the bank, and looks forward to doing business with the schnook again
In the Fall of 1998, Jerusalem bought Jonathan Pollard with their
acquiescence to come to Wye for a summit just prior to the November 3rd
mid-term congressional elections. This had the effect of reviving the
lame-duck Democrat Party with a foreign policy coup, and of course of
enraging the Republican Party by their exclusion from the photo-op /
foreign policy feast. Washington promised Jerusalem that a delivery
date for Pollard would be assigned at the summit, and took a large
During the Wye Summit Washington sold Pollard to Jerusalem once again,
in return for a host of suicidal concessions including granting
immunity to wanted terrorist chief / Gaza Chief of Police, Ghazi
Jabali. Although Jerusalem bought Pollard again, this time they
insisted on a side-letter from Washington showing the exact date and
time of delivery.
Washington joyfully agreed to the side-letter because the Pollard sale
closed the Wye deal in time for a gala press conference and signing
ceremony in the nation's capitol!
Jerusalem never did get that side letter. As soon as Washington had
payment in hand, the deal was off. Washington took great delight in
reneging on delivery in front of the world press, denying the deal, and
blaming the whole episode on Jerusalem. Of course, payment was not
In a recent column in Ha'aretz (May 11, 1999) journalist Akiva Eldar
cites a source that describes one of the earlier purchases of this same
Pollard-Persian carpet that Jerusalem made:
"..In his book about Aryeh Deri, Yoel Nir relates (page 389) that a few
weeks before his assassination, Yitzhak Rabin told a group of close
associates that at his last meeting with Bill Clinton in Washington, the
president promised that when the negotiations on the final status
agreement began and the talks with the Syrians were renewed, he would
grant Jonathan Pollard a pardon, and that he himself would grant general
amnesty. One of the people closest to Rabin at that time says that
Clinton promised that he would do everything he could to give Pollard as
a present to Rabin."
Fourteen years later, Washington still holds all the options to the
Pollard-Persian carpet, even though Jerusalem has paid for him a
hundred times over.
It is up to Jerusalem to set the delivery date.
And it is time for Washington to make good on its promise to deliver.
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