Statement by Esther Pollard To Knesset

August 13, 1996

My husband Jonathan Pollard has languished for 11 years now in an American prison., for his activities on behalf of the State of Israel. He has no more strength left. I do not know how much longer he can hang on.

Mr. Prime Minister, what you did do or what you did not do on Jonathan's behalf during your last trip to Washington is of little import at this time. What does matter is what you intend to do


to save the life of Jonathan Pollard.

For 11 years, Jonathan Pollard has been the scapegoat exploited by anti-semitic elements within the America Administration to call into question Israel's reliability as an ally.

For 11 years, 4 succesive Israeli Governments have stood idly by as Jonathan's blood was spilled for being "Israel's spy."

Mr. Prime Minister, it is time for the Jewish leader of the Jewish State to act in a manner befitting a Jewish leader, and through strong actions to let the Americans know that Jewish blood is not cheap. That as a nation we demand equal justice, and we insist on fair and equal treatment as a close and reliable ally. [We deserve at least the same treatment that the Saudis received when an American Naval officer, Michael Schwartz (a non-Jew), was caught spying for them. Schwartz, who committed the exact same offense as Jonathan, did not serve one day in prison, because the Americans did not want to offend the Saudis!]

Mr. Prime Minister, all that the nation expects of you is to stand strong, and do the right thing. And if indeed you do so, then with the help of G-d, and in the merit of the nation's complete unity on the issue of freeing Jonathan Pollard, Jonathan will be released and speedily returned home.

Mr. Prime Minister, if you will act swiftly, decisively, and with integrity, then both you and your government will enjoy the enormous blessings that result from the great Mitzvah of Pidyon Shvyim and the Mitzvah of Pikuach Nefesh.

Mr. Prime Minister, I implore you from the bottom of my heart, act now to save my husband's life. All you have to do is your part as the leader of the Jewish People; and the G-d of Israel will do the rest!

Esther Pollard