US jews are finding Franklin's sentence disturbing !

Former Pentagon official Larry Franklin who shared classified information on Iran with pro-Israel lobbyists in the US was sentenced for 12 years and seven months in prison". Although the judge sugared the sentence with remarks opening a way to a pardon by writing that Franklin did no harm to the US (I am not sure that pro-Israel lobbying in the heart of the US center of power does not actually harm the US) and what he did was to protect the US (now pro-Israeli lobbyists in the US are justifying their misdeeds by claiming that passing classified information to Israel is meant to protect Israel), US pro-Israel lobbyist are not happy with the sentence. Moreover they are not happy that two AIPAC (a major pro-Israel lobbying group) officials who received and passed the information to Israel, had to leave AIPAC over the scandal and are facing charges.

''Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman said the Franklin affair could potentially pose a threat to all Jewish lobbyists. Foxman said it is not clear what exactly is allowed in terms of the relationships between the administration and the media and between nongovernmental organizations and foreign governments. The lack of clarity, he said, could have a destructive influence on the activities of all U.S. Jewish groups.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, said yesterday that he found Franklin's sentence "disturbing.""The very fact that this kind of climate can exist in the capital of the U.S. is unacceptable," he said at the Herzliya Conference. Rosen and Weissman, he said, "are two patriotic American citizens working for a Jewish organization, who did nothing to violate the American security." ''

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