Government Leaders Meet With Esther Pollard
March 8, 1998 - Arutz 7 Daily News Report
A lawyer for Jonathan Pollard told Arutz-7 today that there is a sense
that the government has begun to take the issue of Pollard's release
more seriously. Ministers Yuli Edelstein and Limor Livnat, together
with Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh, met with Pollard's wife Esther
today. Naveh heads the government committee working to have Pollard
freed from American prison, where he is serving a life sentence for
spying for Israel. The Supreme Court ruled here last week that the
government has an additional sixty days in which to report in writing on
the steps taken by the new committee.
"It is time for the organized Jewish community in the United States to
speak out on the basis of humanitarian concern and compassion for Mr.
Pollard." So said B'nai Brith International President Tommy P. Baer, who
met with Jonathan Pollard for the first time on Thursday in the North
Carolina prison. Baer said that B'nai Brith "absolutely does not condone
what Pollard did, but he has served longer than any individual convicted
of the same crime. He has paid his debt to society."
Mr. Baer was quoted by Chaim Zissovitch on Kol Yisroel radio March 6, 1998 as saying "If the problem (of Pollard's release) is not resolved it may become the Dreyfus case of America. Baer added,"I do not believe that anyone is interested
in having this comparison made."
See also B'nai Brith President: "Pollard Potential Dreyfus II"