PM Sharon Vetos Meeting Between MKs and Congressmen
Justice4JP Release - July 12, 2001
July 5, 2001
Rabbi Pesach Lerner
National Council of Young Israel
3 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Re: Jonathan Pollard
Dear Rabbi Lerner:
I received a call from our client Jonathan Pollard. He asked me to
report the following to you.
MK's Ophir Pines-Paz, Chairman of the Knesset Law Committee, and Michael
Eitan, a member of the Knesset Law Committee, wanted to bring a
delegation to meet with my partner Eliot Lauer and myself for a
comprehensive briefing on Jonathan's case, to be followed by meetings in
Washington with members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
MK Avram Burg approved the trip, including the funding for it. In
accordance with Israeli procedure, the proposal was then presented to
Prime Minister Sharon for final approval. Jonathan has learned that
the Prime Minister vetoed it without explanation.
In a second incident, Cabinet Minister Danny Naveh sought permission to
bring Harav Mordechai Eliyahu with him to Washington for discreet
meetings with key government officials. Once again, Jonathan has
learned that the Prime Minister forbade it.
Finally, there has been no confirmation that President Katsav, during
his first formal visit to the White House, broached Jonathan's case with
President Bush or with any other member of the Administration. It
appears that President Katsav did not mention Jonathan at all.
As Jonathan's lawyers, we would like to speak with you at your earliest
convenience to discuss how we might approach the situation in an effort
to achieve a positive result.
Mrs. Esther Pollard
Eliot Lauer, Esq.
Larry Dub, Esq.
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