Pollard's Wife Encouraged By Liba'i Support
The Jerusalem Post - July 18, 1994
Every day that Jonathan Pollard spends in prison is a day too many, Justice
Minister David Liba'i told Pollard's wife yesterday.
Esther Zeitz-Pollard arrived here last week to campaign for the immediate
release of her husband, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the US in
1987 for passing on classified documents to Israel.
She described the meeting as "extremely positive," and said Liba'i had
encouraged her to do everything possible to free her husband while noting he
was also continuing his efforts on Pollard's behalf.
"I was very pleased that Liba'i made a statement of commitment in the name of
the government and said he would personally recommend to Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin that he meet with me before his visit to the US [at the end of
the week]," Zeitz-Pollard said.
"If Israel shows a sign that it is serious about obtaining his release, and
the government knows what it has to do, then my husband could be freed," she
said, adding she based this on information she had from official sources.
Following yesterday's meeting, Liba'i said, "It's not in my hands. She knows
Israel can't release him and she understands and he was found guilty of very
serious charges. The decision is up to the US president. What she wants of
the Israeli government is to express her [Zeitz-Pollard's] special concern
for his current situation and her hope for immediate action by the US
administration which would bring about his freedom".
In an interview last week, Zeitz-Pollard blasted those people who have told
the couple to wait for his parole review in two years, saying that it was
simply a "no action" policy.
Zeitz-Pollard said in the interview that her husband wanted the answers to
several questions including: why Israeli consuls-general have been told not
to see him; why Israel is not taking steps to secure his immediate release;
and why the government has not responded to statements by the chairman of the
US President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Les Aspin, who
characterized Pollard as a traitor, a charge for which he was not tried.