Jonathan Pollard Rejects Offer Of $1 Million From Israeli Government
Says that Israel and U.S. Should Honor Commitment For His Release Made At Wye
Justice4JP Release - August 31, 2001
Esther and Jonathan Pollard announced today that they categorically reject any offer by the Government of Israel to pay Mr. Pollard $1 million.
Instead, they said, the Government of Israel should fulfill its responsibility by insisting that the United States Government honor its commitment to release Mr. Pollard. That commitment was made by the President of the United States at the Wye Conference in 1998. Even though Israel honored its reciprocal commitments made at Wye, which included releasing hundreds of Palestinian terrorists, the United States has never honored its commitment to release Jonathan Pollard.
According to a story reported in The Jerusalem Post, Maariv, Yediot Aharonot and other newspapers, a special committee in the Prime Minister's Office has recently decided to offer Mr. Pollard one million dollars.
"Jonathan did not request such a payment. We will not accept it," said Mrs. Pollard. "All we ask is that Israel and the United States honor their commitments - to Jonathan and to each other."