Pollard Cancels First Embassy Visit In Response
To Government Propaganda On Prisoner Transfer

August 1, 1997 - News Release

Butner, North Carolina - In a letter to the Israeli Ambassador written from his prison cell at FCI Butner where he is serving a life sentence on behalf of Israel, Jonathan Pollard wrote to cancel the first-ever visit from an Israeli Embassy official. The visit which was scheduled to take place on August 7, 1997 (Jonathan Pollard's 43rd birthday) had been arranged at the request of the Embassy. Pollard wrote:

"Only a government without honor would publicize a bogus prisoner transfer plan which they knew full well was not viable. Justice Minister Hanegbi spoke in the name of the Government of Israel when he trumpeted this fraudulent proposal in Knesset. Minister Hanegbi's remarks can only be seen as calculated and without honor.

Only a government without honor would even suggest returning a prisoner of Zion to Zion in chains. It was this same cold-blooded cynicism that was evidenced when the Government of Israel threw me, an Israeli agent, out of the Embassy and into the waiting arms of the FBI 13 years ago. Mr. Ambassador, it is not possible for me to receive an Israel Embassy official while the government of Israel is actively engaged in stabbing me in the back."

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