Report: Israel takes public responsibility for Pollard
April 3, 1998 - CNN
Israel has provisionally decided to take a
measure of responsibility for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard but
will stop short of claiming him as an Israeli agent, a newspaper
The decision by a Cabinet committee comes in the wake of an
appeal by Pollard a former U.S naval analyst serving a life term
for giving classified military documents to Israel to Israel's
Pollard wants Israel to recognize him as an agent in hopes it
would help win his release from a federal prison in North Carolina.
The statement tentatively approved by the ministers does not go
so far as to say Pollard was authorized to spy for Israel, but it
acknowledges Israel has a responsibility to Pollard, the Haaretz
"Pollard was enlisted by people who worked as emissaries of the
state of Israel. Therefore, from Pollard's perspective, he saw
himself as an agent of Israel. ... Hence, the state of Israel sees
itself as responsible as if he was an agent," Haaretz quoted the
statement as saying.
Pollard's lawyer, Larry Dub, said Pollard told him in a letter
Thursday he would not accept anything short of recognition as an
While Israel has made repeated pleas for Pollard's release, it
has always maintained that he acted on his own.
Israel granted Pollard citizenship last year, and several
Cabinet members have visited him recently.