Barak Manipulating Pollard Issue for Own Interests
The Jerusalem Post December 23, 1999 - Janine Zacharia
WASHINGTON - Esther Pollard, wife of convicted American Jewish spy for
Israel Jonathan Pollard, said yesterday she did not believe her husband
would be released soon. She accused Prime Minister Ehud Barak and
President Clinton of manipulating the issue for their own interests.
"What they are doing is making a lot of noise in the media to serve
other purposes," Pollard told the Jerusalem Post in a telephone
interview from Canada.
Pollard said that reports this week that Barak's emissary Moshe
Kochanovsky, met with White House counsel Beth Nolan and a statement by
a White House spokesman that officials had completed their review of a
clemency request were meant to give the false impression that progress
was being made.
Next week, the High Court of Justice will hold a hearing on the Pollard
case. Esther Pollard has petitioned the court to order the government to
release classified documents relating to her husband's arrest, and is
accusing Barak of not doing enough to help secure his release.
more a more accurate understanding of Jonathan Pollard's case, see the Text of Petition.]
Pollard a former US Navy intelligence analyst pleaded guilty in 1985 to
passing US military secrets to Israel and is serving a life sentence for
Israel last year admitted that Pollard had worked on its behalf.
"All this publicity that is going on now between Barak and Clinton
really shows that it is a total farce. If they can convince the Jewish
community that are doing something then the heat may be off of Al Gore
or of Hillary Clinton, and it may persuade the High Court of Israel,"
Hillary Clinton has been eagerly trying to court the Jewish vote for her
New York Senate Bid.