Deputy Prime Minister To Visit Jonathan Pollard
February 2, 1998 - NEWS FLASH!
Butner, North Carolina - In a personal letter delivered
today to Jonathan Pollard, at the Federal Prison in Butner North
Carolina, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel Rafael Eitan (Minister of
Agriculture and Rural Development) signaled his intention to visit
Jonathan Pollard during his next trip to the United States.
Minister Eitan wrote:
"As Deputy Prime Minister and a minister in the government I am doing
all that I can to assist you and to take action that will lead to your
"...On my next visit to the United States, I shall make every effort to
meet you and give you my public support, an act which is of great
importance in relaying the message that you must be freed without any
Minister Eitan's letter brings to five the number of Israeli Government
ministers who are expected to make prison visits to Pollard in the
upcoming weeks. The others who have signaled their intent to visit
include Finance Minister Yaacov Ne'eman, Minister of Labor Eli Yishai,
Minister of Trade Natan Sharansky, and Minister of Infrastructure Ariel
Pollard has already received prison visits from Immigrant Absorption
Minister Yuli Edelstein, and Communications Minister Limor Livnat.
Edelstein was the first Israeli cabinet minister to visit Pollard in
November of 1997. Communications Minister Limor Livnat met with Pollard
in December of 1997.