Israel Court Postpones Action on Pollard Petition
March 2, 1998 - Naomi Segal
JTA - Lawyers for Jonathan Pollard have agreed to
wait for two months before Israel's High Court of Justice holds further hearings
regarding a petition demanding that Israel recognize the convicted spy as an
agent for the Jewish state and work for his release.
The two-month delay was granted in order to give a ministerial committee time
to work for Pollard's release.
The former U.S. navy intelligence analyst has been serving a life sentence since
1987 in an American prison for spying for Israel.
In recent months, Israeli Cabinet ministers Limor Livnat and Yuli Edelstein met
with Pollard in a North Carolina federal prison.
Pollard's wife responded angrily to the latest delay in the petition, which was
first heard in October. She said the ministerial committee is the third such body
to be formed by successive Israeli governments and termed the move a ``stalling
"This is simply a stalling tactic," Esther Pollard told Israel Radio.
When Israel "wants to bring an agent home, it knows how -- look at the
Mashaal affair, the Swiss affair," she said, referring to two incidents in the past
six months in which Israel won the release of captured agents from Jordan and
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