Israel Given More Time for Pollard
March 2, 1998 - The Washington Post - A.P., Washington Post
The Supreme Court gave a government-appointed
committee 60 more days Monday to explain what steps it is taking to
win the release of Jonathan Pollard, a spy convicted of passing
U.S. military secrets to Israel.
Pollard's wife lost her temper Monday as the Supreme Court
ordered the delay in her husband's case, and shouted at the judges:
"Do you want him to die?"
Esther Pollard was warned by Justice Eliezer Goldberg that she
would be thrown out of court if she disturbed proceedings again.
Pollard, a former U.S. naval analyst, was arrested in 1985. He
is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Butner, N.C.
He has asked the Israeli Supreme Court to force the Israeli
government to acknowledge that he was an Israeli spy and to do more
to secure his release.
In explaining her outburst in court, Mrs. Pollard said her
husband is sick and that she fears his health will deteriorate
further with each additional day in isolation.
Pollard's lawyer, Baruch Ben-Yosef, said Pollard has a chance of
winning early release only if he is acknowledged by Israel as an
"Agents are traded. We have suggested three-way spy swap deals
between the United States, Russia, and Israel. Why are these
alternatives not being acted upon?" Ben-Yosef told The Associated
After Pollard's arrest, Israeli leaders said that he acted
without official Israeli sanction. The Israeli Embassy in
Washington closed its gates to Pollard as he tried to escape from
federal agents who had come to arrest him in 1985.
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