Pollard's Wife Encouraged By Support For Husband
Liat Collins - The Jerusalem Post - July 27, 1994
Esther Zeitz-Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard who is serving a life sentence
in the US for spying for Israel, said she was "very encouraged" by the
meetings she had yesterday with President Ezer Weizman, Sephardi Chief Rabbi
Eliahu Bakshi-Doron and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu.
Both Bakshi-Doron and Netanyahu promised to visit Jonathan Pollard in prison
during their next visits to the US and pledged firm support, Zeitz-Pollard
said last night. She refused to divulge details of the private meeting she
had with Weizman.
Bakshi-Doron promised to raise the issue at the Rabbinical Council meeting
tomorrow, while Netanyahu said he would introduce a Knesset bill to grant
Pollard immediate Israeli citizenship.
Zeitz-Pollard told the three that her husband is suffering from the very bad
conditions in the North Carolina jail and that "he could not go on much
"My husband is a soldier who fought for Israel, was wounded, and was left in
the field. It is inconceivable that at a time when Israel is freeing
prisoners whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocent people, the man
who did so much for [Israel] should be the one to stay in prison".
Today, Zeitz-Pollard is scheduled to meet with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yisrael
Lau and tomorrow she is expected to have a second meeting with Justice
Minister David Liba'i. She had hoped to meet with Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin before his trip to Washington, but instead fowarded him a written
request to persuade US President Clinton to release her husband.