Weizman-Clinton Meeting & Court Hearing

October 12, 1997 - News Release

Weizman - Clinton Meeting:

On his recent trip to the US, President Ezer Weizman carried a petition signed by members of the Israeli Knesset asking President Clinton for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard. Weizman received the petition from M.K. Ophir Pines. Subsequent verification indicates that President Clinton did NOT receive the petition from the Israeli President. (M.K. Pines had previously tried to deliver a similar petition to Secretary of State Madeline Albright who refused to meet with a Knesset delegation on the matter.)

President Weizman's remarks to the press during his stay in Washington, and upon his return to Israel clearly indicate that the Government remains indifferent to the plight of its agent, Jonathan Pollard. Speaking out of both sides of his mouth, the Israeli President declared that HE HAD NOT brought up the Pollard case with President Clinton (Jerusalem Post, October 7 1997); and then two days later (Jerusalem Post Oct 9, 1997) he declared that HE HAD !

Justice for Jonathan Pollard observes that this is typical of the treatment of Jonathan Pollard by the Government of Israel - all doublespeak, no action. The recent rescue of its agents from Jordan following the bungled Mashaal affair demonstrates that when it wants to, the Government of Israel knows how to bring its agents home...

Pollard Court Hearing:

In a Monday October 6th Israeli television show, "Popolitica," Eitan Haber, former Head of the Prime Minister's Bureau for the late Prime Minister Rabin, is reported to have said that the findings of the two commissions of inquiry on the Pollard Case (the Eban Committee Report and the Tzur-Rottenstriech Commission Report) have been kept classified for the last 10 years because their public release would have necessitated the immediate resignation of the top government trio: Peres, Shamir, and Rabin.

On September 18, Jonathan Pollard's attorney filed a request with the High Court to order the government to produce these documents and to reveal their conclusions publicly. The Israel High Court has yet to reply to this request. The High Court has also yet to rule on a second request by Pollard to have Attorney General Eliyakam Rubinstein disqualified from representing the government in the up-coming October 29th hearing on the Pollard case because of his participation in a conspiracy to obstruct justice in this affair.

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