Pollard "Came Up"
May 17, 1998 - Arutz-7 Radio News
Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh visited Jonathan Pollard on Friday, and
presented him with the official government decision recognizing him as
an Israeli agent. Naveh also gave Pollard a personal letter from Prime
Minister Netanyahu promising him that the government will continue to
"work unswervingly to bring you home."
Pollard thanked Naveh, and reiterated that the visit of Israeli
officials to his prison cell is an important part of the campaign to
achieve his release.
Israeli reporters asked him afterwards what his hardest moment in
prison was. Pollard answered, "It was when I saw on television Iraqi
missiles falling on Israel. I had a feeling of failure. I had hoped that
my actions would somehow
prevent things like that. I felt that I had failed. My country and my
people were attacked, and I failed to protect them. That was the lowest
State Department spokesman James Rubin, asked whether the U.S. is now
more likely to release Pollard, said, "The President has denied [in the
past] his application for clemency... Any decisions about Pollard's
release would be made in accordance with US law... This is a domestic
legal issue." When asked whether the topic had come up in the
Netanyahu-Albright talks, Rubin said, "I can't rule out that it came up,
but it certainly wasn't the essence and the bulk of their discussions.