Iran Accuses U.S. of Double Standard
Source: Kol Yisrael Radio
Media Release - June 15, 1999
[JERUSALEM] Iran is accusing the United States of hypocrisy
and a double standard of justice. According to Radio Teheran, the U.S.
refuses to release its own Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard, and yet
insists that Iran should release its Israeli spies.
A Kol Yisrael news report filed by senior news correspondent
Mickey Gurdis on June 13, 1999 quoted Radio Teheran as pointing out that
the U.S. has rejected every request for the release of Israeli spy
Jonathan Pollard - including the personal request of the Israeli Prime
Minister at Wye Plantation - at the same time the U.S. is insisting that
Iran release its 13 Israeli spies.
A senior Israeli official commented on the Kol Yisrael
broadcast, expressing Israel's concern for the fate of the 13 Iranian
Jews and a firm belief in their innocence. The Radio Teheran accusation
must be seen as a wake-up call to the American administration, he
cautioned, because allowing the Pollard case to go unresolved tarnishes
America's reputation in the international community. As long as Jonathan
Pollard continues to languish in an American prison, he said, regimes
such as Iran will exploit the case to call into question the
credibility of the U.S. as a defender of due process and judicial
fairness . The official spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing to
impact on the fate of the 13 Iranian Jews.