Israel Frees Prisoners, Forgets Pollard Was Part of the Deal
JTA - April 6, 1999
Israel released three Palestinian prisoners serving time for
murder. Israel freed 14 other prisoners last week as part of a goodwill
gesture for a Muslim holiday, the Feast of the Sacrifice.
Justice for Jonathan Pollard adds:
The latest prisoner releases while
presented as "goodwill" gestures are in fact the result of American
pressure on Israel to "move forward on the non land portions of the Wye
At Wye, as an integral part of the deal, President Clinton unequivocally
committed to free Jonathan Pollard in return for Israel's granting
immunity to terrorist Gaza chief of police, Ghazi Jabali and freeing
hundreds of dangerous Palestinian terrorists.
President Clinton has conveniently forgotten that Jonathan Pollard was
the key to closing the prisoner release deal.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government have not taken the trouble
to remind him, as they now set free those Palestinian terrorists who
attempted to murder Israelis and failed, but who will surely try again.
Jonathan Pollard continues to languish in an American prison in his 14th year of a
life sentence with no end in sight.