Mrs. Jonathan Pollard Responds to Wall Street Journal
May 7, 1998
Re: "Ethnicity Is No Excuse For Espionage" by E.V. Kontorovich (Wall Street Journal OpEd, May 6, 1998)
In the above OpEd , E.V. Kontorovich uses the unprecedented display of
Jewish unity on the issue of EQUAL JUSTICE for Jonathan Pollard as a
means to castigate Israel and the Jewish community.
In doing so, he damages my husband's case by distorting some facts and
inventing others to suit his own questionable purpose.
It is a fact that Kontorovich distorted the content of his brief
telephone contact with my husband. All of Jonathan's prison telephone
calls are monitored and taped.
The taped record reveals that Kontorovich was not willing to discuss the
case with Jonathan. Instead, Kontorovich launched a bizarre,
near-hysterical attack on Jonathan, replete with cursing, swearing,
wishing death upon Jonathan, and topped off by lewd,
While screaming at Jonathan, Kontorovich kept loudly insisting on his
own patriotism, as if it were under scrutiny. The attack was so stunning
and so bizarre that those who were made aware of it at the time will
never forget it.
Kontorovich's claim that Jonathan is unremorseful is a blatant lie.
Over the years Jonathan has made numerous written and oral statements
consistently expressing his heartfelt remorse. He has always made it
clear that while his concern for Israel remains constant, he deeply
regrets having acted upon it by breaking the law. He is equally clear in
stating that if he had to act on his concern for Israel again, he would
find a legal means to do so.
Jonathan did not benefit financially from his activities on behalf of
Israel as Kontorovich contends. This fact was recognized by the
sentencing judge who did not impose a fine on Jonathan, as is routine in
all espionage cases where the accused is found to have benefited
Kontorovich dismisses the grossly disproportionate sentence that
Jonathan received. Jonathan is the only person in the history of the
USA to receive a life sentence for spying for an ally. He received his
sentence without benefit of trial, and as the result of a broken plea
agreement. His appeal was turned down on a technicality. The Supreme
Court then refused to hear the case.
Appellate Court Justice Steven Williams wrote in his minority opinion
that the Pollard case constitutes "a complete and gross miscarriage of
The American Justice system has failed Jonathan at every step of the
way. It is precisely for cases like this, that the President of the
United States is granted special constitutional powers to act
independently to safeguard the rights of all citizens. Kontorovich's
twisted tirade against Israel and the Jewish community for advocating
such relief is beneath contempt.
Clearly an issue that is so compelling that it has brought unity to an
otherwise diverse and fragmented community merits serious
investigation, and not the vitriol of a self-proclaimed pundit who pits
himself against everyone.
(Mrs. Jonathan Pollard)