Rafi Eitan Vows To Bring Pollard Home
Jonathan Pollard and Rafi Eitan Renew Contact After A 13 Year Hiatus
July 6, 1998 - Ben Caspit - Ma'ariv
Front Page Cover Story
After more than 13 years of separation, contact was renewed yesterday
between Jonathan Pollard and Rafi Eitan, his direct commander and
control officer, former head of LAKAM. Pollard's wife, Esther met
yesterday with Rafi Eitan at his home in Tel Aviv. The meeting was
initiated by Cherut Lapid, who has recently been active on behalf of
Pollard brought a message from her husband, who has been incarcerated in
the United States for more than 13 years: "Rafi, a commander does not
leave his men in the field. The State has finally acknowledged that I
was her agent, that I was your soldier. I am asking you to bring me
Eitan who made no attempt to hide his emotions answered, "I will do
everything in my power to help bring you home to Israel as quickly as
Eitan told Pollard that he had continued to try throughout the years t
to help Jonathan but had done so behind the scenes because of the
sensitivity of the issue. "I will not rest and I will not remain
silent until Jonathan is home," he said.
Eitan requested to keep a low profile and not be interviewed until he
coordinates his actions with those Government officials who are dealing
with securing Jonathan's release.
Pollard relayed to Eitan his disappointment with the lack of results and
the lack of real initiative to secure his release. "In spite of all
the promises," said Esther Pollard to Eitan, "in spite of all of the
Government's fine words and pronouncements, nothing is really happening
and Jonathan continues to rot in prison."
Pollard pointed out that in similar cases - like the arrest of Israeli
agents in Jordan and Switzerland, the Government acted swiftly to
protect these agents and to rescue them , "while I continue to languish
"Rafi, you more than any other person know exactly what Jonathan did for
the State of Israel," said Esther Pollard to Eitan towards the end of
the meeting. "True," responded Eitan.
"Do you think he deserves to be treated this way , to be abandoned for
nearly 14 years?" she asked.
"No," replied Rafi Eitan, "he does not deserve to be treated this way.
"Jonathan did everything only to help Israel. He did not hurt the
United States at all."
After the meeting, Esther Pollard said, "It was a difficult meeting and
a successful one. The recognition of Pollard as an Israeli agent has
also redeemed Eitan. As long as Jonathan was still a questionable son of
the State, Eitan was treated like a leper. Now it is finally clear that
Pollard worked for Eitan and that they both worked for the State of
Israel. From here on in we are all in the same boat and Rafi has vowed
to work for Jonathan's release."
JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN POLLARD notes that Mrs. Esther Pollard will be
meeting with Israeli Government Officials in Jerusalem this week .