Pollard Forced to Break Silence

Jonathan Pollard - Ma'ariv - November 25, 1994 - (Front page banner intro.)

Translated from Hebrew

Over the past four years my wife, Esther, has been subjected to a well-coordinated and unrelenting stream of abuse. It is critical for people to understand, though, she is not the intended target of this attack. I am. Indeed, it has long been obvious that the whole point of the assault on Esther's credibility has been to deny me the independent voice which she represents.

That my avowed enemies have participated in this renewed smear campaign has come as no surprise. However, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the fact that these attacks have largely been directed by members of my own family, certain so-called "friends", and The Public Committee for Pollard in Israel under Amnon Dror.

Unfortunately, my efforts to quietly stop this assault on Esther failed. In fact, it's quite apparent that all of my behind-the-scenes appeals for shalom bayit and unity were simply dismissed as signs of weakness.

The vilification of my wife has now escalated to the point where I can no longer remain silent. To remove any lingering doubt on this score, I wish to make it very clear that as far as I am concerned, Esther speaks for me on all matters pertaining to my case. I also fully intend to defend myself from any attacks directed at me through Esther, regardless as to their origins.