Weizman Dodges; Clinton Ducks on Pollard
October 7, 1997 - News Release
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
October 7, 1997
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT CLINTON
AND PRESIDENT WEIZMAN OF ISRAEL
IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
The Oval Office
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Good morning, everyone. I'm delighted to have
President Weizman here, we had a nice dinner last evening, and we're going to have
further talks today about what we can do in the United States to further
the peace process. And certainly we are grateful for all that he has
done as President and throughout his entire career. It's a great honor to
have you here.
PRESIDENT WEIZMAN: Thank you very much.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Thank you.
Q: Mr. President, thank you. In light of the recent swap between Israel
and Jordan, there has also been talk raised again about Jonathan
Pollard. I was wondering if you believe justice was served when he received his
And do you believe he will spend his life sentence in
And to President Weizman, will you be raising this issue today with the
PRESIDENT WEIZMAN: You were talking too fast. What did you say?
Q: The question of Jonathan Pollard -- will you be raising it with
President Clinton today?
PRESIDENT WEIZMAN: It's always in our minds.
Q: Mr. President?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Well, I receive -- when Mr. Pollard applies for
clemency, I receive recommendations from both my Justice and National
Security Advisers, and I take into account what they recommend, and then
I take action. And that's what I'll do if it comes up again.
Justice For Jonathan Pollard Notes:
For 13 years Jonathan Pollard may have been on the minds of the Government
of Israel, so to speak; but he has never been a priority on their agenda.
President Weizman's attitude reflects this indifference and confirms the
government's continued unwillingness to accept responsibility for their
agent. Until they do, President Clinton will simply turn a blind eye to
Israel's perfunctory "humanitarian" appeals for Pollard's release.
Perhaps more troubling, though, is the fact that President Clinton's
remarks show a total lack of concern for the American Jewish community's
call for EQUAL JUSTICE for Jonathan Pollard. The fault here clearly lies
with our so-called "leadership" which has completely failed to communicate
to the president the grass-roots' sentiment on this matter. Until they do,
President Clinton will simply continue to evade his constitutional
prerogative to act independently of those executive agencies which have
been responsible for the miscarriage of justice in this case.