Ariel Sharon: Peres, Shamir 'Handed Over' Pollard To Us
January 16, 1996 - The Jerusalem Post
MK Ariel Sharon (Likud) yesterday accused the 1984 national unity government
of "handing over" Jonathan Pollard to the US to face espionage charges by
refusing to accept responsibility for his actions.
Sharon said he had told then-prime minister Shimon Peres and foreign minister
Yitzhak Shamir not to submit documents that could incriminate Pollard.
Shamir had told him at the time: "
A country needs to know how to sacrifice a
person," Sharon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Sharon also accused successive governments of not making a serious effort to
obtain Pollard's release.
"The handling of the Pollard affair was fundamentally mistaken. Even though I
am not personally connected with the subject, I had told Peres and Shamir
that in my opinion Israel must apologize for what happened and ensure that it
not recur. The investigation should not have been allowed to be carried out
and documents in our possession not handed over. [I said] if we accept the
we are dooming Pollard to a life sentence," Sharon recalled.