Arik Sharon Calls on Jewish Leaders to Speak Out for Pollard
Excerpted from "Come First of all as a Jew" - Naomi Klass Mauer
Friday, October 8, 1999 - The Jewish Press
"I come first of all as a Jew to his fellow Jews." With those
words, General Ariel Sharon, head of the Israeli opposition Likud party,
opened his address to the Conference of Presidents of Major American
"That is what has to define us," he said. "We are Jews and I am
very proud to be a Jew. We all share responsibility for what will
happen to Israel. Don't ever think," he added, "that if something
happens to us, you will be able to go on as you do."...
Regarding Pollard, he again mentioned the Wye agreement and stated
that it was only because they had gotten an initial promise about
Pollard that they agreed to the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Unfortunately, President Cliinton went back on that promise.
However, Sharon truly believes that there is not enough of a hue and cry among
Jews in both countries about Pollard and also about Israeli MIA's. As
he put it, Israel is about to release 150 terrorists this week, among
them murderers of Jews, and there is not one word about our Israeli
soldiers missing for so long. No one is forcing the issue. There is a
time to speak out and clearly Ariel Sharon feels that
this is the time
for American Jewry to stand united against any American pressure on
It is also the time to urge politicians and men and women of
honor to speak out on behalf of Israeli MIA's and on behalf of Jonathan