Pollard Sees No Hope for '95 Parole
The Jerusalem Post - April 28, 1994
Jonathan Pollard, the US naval intelligence analyst serving a life sentence
for spying for Israel, believes it is "virtually inconceivable" he will be
paroled when his case comes up for review in October 1995.
"I stand no chance of being released in 1995," he told the Toronto-based
Citizens for Justice for Jonathan Pollard and his fiance, Elaine Zeitz,
several weeks ago, in an interview published this week by the Canadian Jewish
Pollard's last chance of release before his earliest possible parole date was
lost when President Bill Clinton denied clemency on March 23.
Pollard is reportedly distressed that Jewish organizations pressing for his
release refer to the October '95 parole date as if it were guaranteed, Zeitz
told The Jerusalem Post yesterday.
"The parole issue is being used as a smoke screen," she said, adding that
individuals in the Justice Department and national security agencies opposed
to Pollard's release will work diligently to prevent his parole.
"He has already served twice as much time as anyone convicted of a similar
crime," she said. "We're only seeking justice under the law."
Seymour Reich, president of the American Zionist Movement and a longtime
Pollard supporter, charged the Rabin government with abandoning Pollard.
"The efforts on behalf of Jonathan by the Israeli government should be no less
than their efforts for the Israeli MIAs," he said. "Even though he did the
wrong thing [by spying], he can be considered by the Israelis as a soldier in
their intelligence community."
Reich noted that government leaders personally appealed to the Americans on
Pollard's behalf once last year, and were rebuffed. Still, he said, "it seems
to me that the Israeli government could probably get him out if they tried
harder, if they raised the stakes."
Pollard attorney Theodore Boutrous said he "anticipates a very difficult
battle during the parole process," which will not get under way until the fall
Boutrous said that Pollard opponents in the defense, national security, and
justice communities "were willing to pull every trick in the book during the
clemency process, and that same group will pull the same tricks during the
parole process. They will no doubt launch an equally bitter attack."