Kol Yisrael Radio Interviews Esther Pollard
Media Release - December 20, 1999
"Jonathan Pollard will never consent to be a prisoner of Zion in Zion."
JERUSALEM, December 20, 1999 - An announcement today by President Clinton
- in Israel but not in America - that he and Mr. Barak are holding
renewed talks on the Pollard issue, has elicited excitement in Israel.
A reporter for Kol Yisrael Radio News contacted Mrs. Esther Pollard to
get her husband's reaction.
Mrs. Pollard made the following points:
- Both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Barak are both doing what they accused
former Prime Minster Netanyahu of doing - making noise in the media
for their own purposes, and damaging Pollard in the process.
- If there were any serious intention to release Jonathan Pollard,
announcements would not be leaked to the media before a deal is
- High level sources say that Barak has secretly agreed to help
Clinton keep Pollard in prison.
- Barak's announcement that his aide is meeting US officials about
Pollard is just a ploy to deceive the people of Israel and the
High Court of Justice into believing that some effort is being made
to resolve the case. Pollard's petition against Barak is due to be
heard at the end of this month.
- The Pollard issue is creating problems in the election campaigns of
both Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. Both ran into trouble last week
in New York when asked for their views on Pollard. If Mr. Barak
assists Mr. Clinton in burying the Pollard issue again, then both
Hillary and Gore will benefit by relieving them of having to commit
themselves on the case.
Responding to rumors that Mr. Barak has given his agreement to have
Pollard transferred to an Israeli prison, Mrs. Pollard rejected the idea
out of hand, stressing that this would guarantee that Jonathan Pollard
would spend the rest of his natural life in prison.
Mrs. Pollard was firm when she stated, "No one should doubt Ehud
Barak's word to Bill Clinton that he will keep Jonathan in prison. There
is no reason for Barak to lie about this, nor is there any reason to
believe he will break his word to Clinton and release Jonathan once he
is home. The Americans would demand extradition, and Israel would no
doubt deliver Jonathan once again, just as they did 15 years ago. "
Mrs. Pollard pointed out that apparently Mr. Barak does not feel that
Jonathan Pollard has been punished enough and is now volunteering to do
the Americans' dirty work for them. "How convenient it would be for
Hillary and Gore if Pollard were no longer in the US, but still being
abused and punished as if he were," she said. "Mr. Barak could boast
that he brought Pollard home, and no American President would ever again
have to be bothered about him if Pollard were rotting quietly in an
Israeli prison. The notion is an outrage - offensive to G-d and the
Jonathan Pollard will never consent to be a prisoner of
Zion in Zion."
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