Hebron-Past, Present and Forever
By David Wilder
The Jewish Community of Hebron
A Mission of Truth, Strength and Faith
January 17, 2000
This afternoon I was honored to meet with a special visitor. A little
earlier I received a message that she was in Hebron, at the Gutnick
next to Ma'arat HaMachpela. I expressed a desire to meet and speak with
and a short time later she was sitting in my office in the Avraham Avinu
Jonathan Pollard's wife, Esther Pollard, is a very special woman. But
she is married to a very special man.
Jonathan Pollard has been sitting in a US Federal Penitentiary for
years, having been convicted of spying for the State of Israel. For many
those years he was abandoned by the country he worked for. Yitzhak Rabin
ask Clinton, in an indirect way, to release Pollard following Israel's
release of Arab terrorists after the Oslo signing. Netanyahu's
government officially recognized Pollard's contribution to Israel and
made public efforts for his
As Esther Pollard tells it, and documentation can be seen on the
Jonathan Pollard web site (jonathanpollard.org), the Wye
Summit almost collapsed following Israel's refusal to drop extradition
charges against the head of Arafat's police force Razi Jabali. Jabali
was known to have directly ordered the murder of Israeli-Arab land
dealers who sold real estate to Israeli Jews post-signing of the Oslo
Accords. The Arabs suggested a swap: drop the charges against Jabali and
we will get you Pollard. Netanyahu agreed. So did Clinton. Until the
next morning, just before the signing ceremony was to take place.
Clinton, as we all know, reneged.
However, there was a fallback. It was secretly agreed that Jonathan
would be released after a bogus review, parallel to the release of Arab
security prisoners, again, part of the Wye scandal. Not too long ago the
Arab murderers were released by Israel, including those who spilled
Jewish blood. Jonathan Pollard still rots in prison.
Esther Pollard and the Pollards' lawyer have attempted to meet with
Barak, to no
avail. She approached former Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to find out
knew about the deal, if he had been briefed before taking office.
confirmed that Barak had been informed.
Rather than demand Jonathan Pollard's immediate release, Barak announced
that the Pollard affair is an 'internal US matter' which has no bearing
Esther Pollard told me how she recently met, together with attorney
Larry Dub, the new Israeli ambassador to the US, David Ivri, the night
before his trip to
Washington, on his way to undertake his new position. Ivri denied being
briefed on the Pollard affair, in any way whatsoever.
It seems that Ehud Barak has decided to abandon Jonathan Pollard to his
in an American jail cell.
What is the connection between Jonathan Pollard and Hebron? I explained
to a group of tourists visiting Hebron today, in Mrs. Esther Pollard's
"People ask why Oslo happened - how is it that the State of Israel is
detaching itself from our rightful Homeland. The answer, as complicated
as it is, is quite simple. It can be summed up in one word: EDUCATION.
Many many people do not understand what the Land of Israel really is,
its significance to Am
Yisrael, the people of Israel. They do not appreciate its spiritual
its heritage, its history.
The same people have no comprehension of what Am Yisrael actually is, or
we have to live in the Land of Israel. They also have not an idea as
to the backbone of our culture, of our tradition, of our way of life,
that being Torah.
This being the case, they are totally blind to the importance of even
one individual, a single person, a single Jew. It is written that 'he
one life is as if he has saved an entire world.' There are those,
their own stupidity or negligence, who care not about a single Jew, not
speak of an entire people, willing to sacrifice all 'in the name of
How much more so, how much more so, should the leaders of a State give
is rightfully due to a solitary individual who dispensed all he could
preservation of his Homeland, for the preservation of his People,
by that Homeland, by that People, by that State.
Ehud Barak neither recognizes the significance of the Land of Israel,
the import of a single Jew. For they are one and that same."
Esther Pollard didn't arrive in Hebron to come speak with me. She came
pray at the Tomb of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, beseeching G-d for
mercy, that her husband should not be abandoned, but rather should be
allowed to come home, home to Israel. Her mission is one of truth,
faith: the strength to carry on day after day, knowing that the truth
spoken, knowing that the truth must be promulgated, with the faith that
with the roots of our people, here in Hebron, almost four thousand years
wasn't necessarily easy for Abraham either, but he did what he knew he
to do. So it was with Jonathan Pollard, and so it is today with his
Esther, seeking to free a true prisoner of Zion from captivity.
It is incumbent upon all of us to make our voices heard. Just as we
to contemplate relinquishment of our Land, so must we refuse to accept
continued imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard. From Hebron we demand of the
elected Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak, his cabinet, and the
DO NOT ABANDON JONATHAN POLLARD! BRING JONATHAN POLLARD HOME!