Barak Has Abandoned Pollard
Middle East Newsline - January 3, 2000
JERUSALEM [MENL] - The attorney for Jonathan Pollard said he has been
abandoned by the government of Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Attorney Larry Dub said that despite recent media reports Israeli
diplomats in Washington have not been given any instructions on
Pollard, the former U.S. naval intelligence analyst sentenced to life in
prison for passing secrets to Israel.
In a Dec. 28 letter to Barak, Dub said he and Pollard's wife,
Esther, met with Israel's new ambassador to Washington, David Ivri. Dub quoted
Ivri as saying that he did not receive an update from Barak or any other
official regarding Pollard.
"He has received no instructions from the Prime Minister or from any
government official regarding Jonathan Pollard," the letter said. "There
is no plan whatsoever to assist Jonathan Pollard."
Ivri suggested to Mrs. Pollard that the issue be raised with the
prime minister. "As Prime Minister and Minister of Defense you are the only
one with authority to approach Mr. Clinton to request that he grant
executive clemency to Jonathan Pollard," Dub said in the letter.
The attorney dismissed what he termed as "cheap stunts" by the Barak
government. These included sending a Defense Ministry official to
Washington for a courtesy call to the White House regarding Pollard.
"Your continued failure to accept responsibilty and to act on behalf
of an Israeli agent is troubling," Dub said. "Only your direct intervention
with President Clinton will save the life of Jonathan Pollard and bring
On Sunday, Mrs. Pollard echoed Dub's assertions. "We have our own
high-level contacts in Washington," she said. "They assure us that there
has been no initiative until now by Barak on behalf of Pollard, and none is
The White House last month said Clinton has completed consultations
on Pollard but has no plans to issue a recommendation in the near future.
In Jerusalem, a petition by Pollard to the High Court is to be heard
regarding accusations that the government has not exerted sufficient
efforts to win his release.
Larry Dub Letter to PM Barak Dec 28/99
Wife Rejects Barak Claim to be working for Pollard Release