Pollard Questions Barak Plan For Release
Middle East News Line - July 22, 1999
JERUSALEM [MENL] -- Jonathan Pollard has asked Prime Minister Ehud Barak to
detail his new low-profile policy to free the man sentenced to life in
prison for passing U.S. defense secrets to Israel.
In a letter sent on Thursday to Barak, Pollard's attorney, Larry Dub,
asks the prime minister to clarify how he intends to seek the release of
his client. Dub said humanitarian appeals, judicial appeals, executive
clemency, and presidential review have failed to release Pollard over the
last 14 years.
During his visit to Washington, Barak said the government would no
longer make Pollard's release a public issue. He said the issue would be
best discussed privately between him and President Bill Clinton. Dub asks in
what context the issue is to be discussed.
Dub said the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had linked Pollard to the
"If your government now insists that Jonathan Pollard no longer be
linked to the peace process, and since none of the above (conventional
methods) are options, please advise us," Dub wrote, " on what exactly
are you basing your 'quiet diplomacy' initiative to free Jonathan
Dub said Barak has so far refused to meet with either the attorney or
Pollard's wife Esther.