Pollard Loses Israeli Court Bid On Palestinians
November 17, 1998
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew
serving a life term in the United States for spying for Israel,
lost a bid in an Israeli court Tuesday to block the release of
Palestinian prisoners until he is freed.
In a petition to Israel's High Court of Justice, Pollard
said President Clinton promised during the U.S. Middle East
peace summit last month to free him in exchange for Israel's
release of hundreds of Palestinians.
A Courts Administration spokesman said the court accepted
the Israeli government's argument that no such commitment, on
the sidelines of the Israeli-Palestinian peace deal clinched at
the summit, had been given.
The court also said it did not interfere with diplomatic
Clinton, who mediated the latest Israeli-Palestinian accord
negotiated at Wye River in Maryland last month, denies promising
Pollard's release but pledged to review his case.
Pollard, a 40-year-old former U.S. naval intelligence
analyst who passed secrets to Israel, has been in prison since
1985 . He has since been granted Israeli citizenship.
In a last-minute maneuver at the Wye River summit, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed the signing of the
land-for-security deal, demanding that Pollard's release be
Israel agreed in the deal to free hundreds of Palestinians
and a first group could be released late this week, Israeli and
Palestinian officials said.