Edelstein To Meet With Pollard Next Week
November 20, 1997 - Batsheva Tsur and Aryeh Dean Cohen
Absorption Minister Yuli Edelstein left Monday night on a 10-day trip to
the US, during which he is to visit Jonathan Pollard in Butner Prison in
North Carolina next Monday.
A spokesman for Edelstein said Edelstein wants to put Pollard's
case back on the national agenda, and believes his situation has been
neglected by the government.
This week marks 13 years since Pollard's imprisonment, and the
spokesman said Edelstein believes the efforts to get back the General
Security Service agents involved in the Mashaal Affair leads him to
believe that the country has the power to bring individuals back from
captivity if it really wants to do so.
Meanwhile, Pollard, serving a life sentence for spying for Israel,
has decided to take the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish
Organizations to the Rabbinical Council of America's beit din
Pollard asked New York Rabbi Avi Weiss, who has been active on his
behalf, to represent him against the conference which, he says, has
refused to honor two of Judaism's most important mitzvot - the
redemption of captives and saving a life.