Pollard Not Giving Up

October 26, 1998 - Arutz 7

A solution for the release of Jonathan Pollard is not out of the question. Observers noted that Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday that although Palestinian Police Chief Razi Jabali - who stood behind terrorist attacks against Israelis - will not be incarcerated by the PA, "we are still working on a solution." Arutz-7 has learned that this may be connected with Pollard.

The release of Pollard was originally suggested not as an 'add-on' to the withdrawal agreement, sources say, but as an integral part of the agreement: in exchange for Israel's willingness to drop the demand for Jabali's extradition, the U.S. would release Jonathan Pollard. The Americans agreed, but U.S. President Clinton later reneged on the agreement.

Pollard's wife Esther, speaking with the Toronto Sun, said that Israel's inability to secure her husband's release shows that Israel can't trust the Americans to uphold crucial security measures in the Mideast accord.

She said that Clinton went back on his word within a matter of hours, and she asked, "how can we [then] trust them with the security and safety of an entire nation?" Mrs. Pollard also said, "In the end, my husband will be released - but G-d will determine how it will happen, and no one else."