July 22, 1999

Prime Minister Ehud Barak
Government of Israel
Jerusalem, Israel.

[Translated from Hebrew]

Dear Prime Minister Barak,

As you are aware, I represent Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, who is serving his 14th year of a life sentence in an American prison for service to Israel. As we have had no contact with you or your office since you were elected prime minister, I am writing to request clarification of the following 3 points:

1. On what basis are you seeking the release of Jonathan Pollard?

  • Humanitarian?

    President Clinton's failure to immediately grant the private appeal that you are said to have made in Washington [which Mr. Clinton is constitutionally empowered to do] clearly indicates that a humanitarian approach is as futile today as it has been for the last 4 prime ministers of Israel over the last 14 years.

  • Judicial?

  • The American Justice system has failed Jonathan Pollard at every step of the way ever since it violated his plea agreement and imposed an unprecedented life sentence upon him. Every legal avenue of appeal since then has been exhausted or subverted, including any possibility of parole.

  • Presidential Review?

  • The only submissions that have been presented to this so-called presidential review process have been from the Justice, Defense and Intelligence agencies who all have vested interests in opposing the release of Jonathan Pollard.

  • Executive Clemency?

  • The President has turned down every request for executive clemency that my client has ever made, including one request before it had even been submitted.

It was the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who first linked Jonathan Pollard to the peace process in October of 1995, when it was apparent that all of the above conventional methods for seeking Pollard's release had repeatedly failed.

If your government now insists that Jonathan Pollard no longer be linked to the peace process, and since none of the above are options, please advise us, on what exactly are you basing your "quiet diplomacy" initiative to free Jonathan Pollard?

2. When is the Prime Minister planning to report to Mr. Pollard's wife and his attorney regarding his status and the disposition of his case in Washington?

3. When can Mr. Pollard expect new liaison officials to be appointed in Jerusalem and in Washington so that direct contact with the current government can be established?

Given the urgency of the situation your immediate response is requested.

Very truly yours,
Larry Dub Esq.

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