Pollard Attorney Meets with Israeli President
Dub hand-delivers Pollard letter to Katsav
Justice4JP Release - October 12, 2000
President's Office Subordinated to Political Will of PM Barak
Following a "disappointing" meeting with Israel's President Moshe Katsav
today, Attorney Larry Dub released a copy of the letter which he had
delivered to President Katsav from his client, Jonathan Pollard.
Dub reported that during the half-hour meeting which took place at Beit
Ha'Nasi in Jerusalem, President Katsav made it clear that he saw the
president's office as subordinate to the office of Prime Minister Ehud
Barak. Katsav indicated that he would take no action whatsoever without
first consulting with the Prime Minister and receiving his approval.
The President's legal advisor, who was present at the meeting, openly
declared that Barak would veto all initiatives on behalf of Pollard and
advised the President against consulting the PM. Nevertheless, Katsav
persisted in his position of deferring to Barak.
Justice4JP notes that in following the lead of PM Barak, Katsav
effectively diminishes the prestige and the independence of the office
of Israel's President. Moreover, this is a clear contradiction of
Katsav's election promise to depoliticize the presidency.
According to Dub, Katsav repeatedly denied that he had been previously
contacted for help by Knesset colleagues who are mutual friends of the
Pollard case, or that he had ever received any previous communications
from Jonathan Pollard. He claimed to be unaware of numerous previous
attempts by both Dub and Pollard's wife to seek a meeting with him.
Katsav assured Dub that "the Government of Israel is working 24 hours a
day, around the clock to bring Jonathan home," but was unable to
provide a single example to support his assertion.
"With all due, respect Mr. President, I did not come here to listen to
nonsense," Dub responded, "I was hoping to have a constructive meeting
Dub hand-delivered a letter from Jonathan Pollard to the President. The text of Jonathan's letter speaks for itself.