A Sad Day For Israel When An Agent Has To Sue
Yated Ne'eman - September 8, 1999
[Translated from Hebrew]
JERUSALEM [Ittim] - "If Ehud Barak doesn't understand that it is his
responsibility to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard then the
Supreme Court will force him to accept that responsibility
nonetheless," said Esther Pollard, the wife of Jonathan Pollard,
yesterday after his petition against P.M. Ehud Barak was filed in
Israeli Supreme Court.
In the petition, Pollard asks, through his attorney, Larry Dub, that the
court order P.M. Ehud Barak to explain why he has not taken any steps
to secure Pollard's release, and why as an Israeli agent Pollard is
not receiving any help whatsoever with health issues or monetary
Attached to the petition is a copy of a letter signed by the Prime
Minister's legal counsel Shimon Stein, and dated May 11, 1998 which
"Jonathan Pollard was an Israeli agent who was handled by high-ranking
Israeli officials in an Israeli authorized bureau - LAKAM. In light of
this fact, the State of Israel acknowledges its obligation to Mr.
Pollard and is ready to assume full responsibility accordingly."
As well, a copy of a personal handwritten letter from former Prime
Minister Netanyahu to Pollard, assuring him that he will be taken care
of and committing the State to working for his immediate release, is
attached to the petition.
In the petition Dub states that ever since Barak took office, Pollard's
fight for freedom has been badly damaged. This is especially so after
Barak's recent statements on his last trip to the United States where he
referred to Pollard as "an American internal problem". According to the
petition all contact with Pollard has been cut off, including visits
from the Embassy. Barak has refused to meet with Pollard's wife or
attorney, and has also refused to update his attorney.
"Israel agreed to free 750 security prisoners because Netanyahu was
given a solid commitment by Clinton that Pollard would be released and
returned to Israel. Then Barak cut Pollard loose and unlinked him from
the peace process. Barak is now going to pay the price (for Pollard) and
won't get anything in return. Does that make any sense?," asked Mrs.
Pollard. She stated that as she sees it, "It is a sad day in the history
of the State of Israel, when for the first time, an Israeli agent has to
sue the Prime Minster in order to save his life."
Mrs. Pollard said, "The time has come for the Israeli people to
understand that we are not talking about some humanitarian effort on
behalf of some private individual, but rather we are talking about
saving the life of an Israeli agent." She compared the speed with which
Israel had recently secured the release of agents in Jordan (days), in
Switzerland (weeks) and in Cyprus (months) as compared to the 14 years
her husband has sat in prison in the U.S. with no end in sight. "They
tell us that they are still working on it," Esther Pollard said