I don’t have any long-held opinions on whether Jonathan Pollard should be released as part of an Israel/Palestine deal, but let me point out the following sentence from the Post piece on Pollard to commenters as diverse as Kevin Drum and Doug Mataconis, both of whom are weighing in on Obama’s bad negotiating skills:
Under federal guidelines, Pollard will automatically be released on Nov. 21, 2015, unless the U.S. Parole Commission objects.
I don’t know why that sentence is the last one in that Post story, because it seems pretty damn important. If we can get anything by releasing Pollard after serving ~27 instead of ~28 years in prison, why not get it? That kind of pragmatic negotiating is the hallmark of the Obama Administration, thank Baby Jebus.