"I am relieved, thankful and honored. Relieved that the truth has
finally come out; thankful that the Government had the courage and the
integrity to acknowledge the truth; and honored that I am finally a
full-fledged member of the State. Citizenship was the first step;
official recognition is the second. And now I have to come home.
"This step encourages me to believe that the Government will now do
whatever is necessary to bring this agent home - as they have so ably
done in the past for others.
"It brings honor to the Government and to the nation. It reassures our
people that the State will honor its obligation to protect and defend
all who serve it.
"My wife Esther joins me in expressing our appreciation and thanks to
all our family and friends here, in Israel, and around the world, who
welcome this event as the beginning of the end of our ordeal."