Prime Minister's Statement
Cabinet Communique - January 17, 1999
Government Press Office
The Absorption Minister sharply attacked MK for refusing to sign a joint letter to President
Clinton calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard.
"I wish to express my disgust over Barak's refusal to join
the Prime Minister's entreaty to President Clinton for the
release of Jonathan Pollard."
The Prime Minister responded: "I am very disappointed
by Barak's refusal to sign the request for Pollard's
freedom. This is a matter of national, not political,
interest; all Israelis understand that the State of Israel
must bring Pollard -- who worked on Israel's behalf --
home. I had hoped for a wall-to-wall, national
consensus on this matter, which would have
strengthened Pollard's chances of being released."