Israeli Minister To Meet Spy's Wife: An Empty Gesture Rejected
September 9, 1999
JERUSALEM (AP) - Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has rejected an
offer to meet with an Israeli Cabinet minister, saying only Prime
Minister Ehud Barak can secure his release from a U.S. prison.
Rabbi Michael Melchior, minister in charge of Diaspora
relations, said Wednesday he would meet with Pollard's wife in the
coming weeks and would visit Pollard in jail at the end of the
year. Pollard has petitioned Israel's Supreme Court to order the
government to work for his release.
However, Pollard said neither he nor his wife would meet with
Melchior. Pollard called the invitation "an empty gesture for
Israeli domestic consumption" and demanded Barak negotiate his
Pollard has served 14 years of a life sentence for spying on the
U.S. Navy while he worked as a civilian analyst.
In a court petition Tuesday, Pollard had accused Barak of abandoning efforts of previous Israeli governments to secure his
Esther Pollard had accused Barak of ignoring her requests to
meet with him and refusing to update her on the efforts to win her
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