Minister Eli Yishai Urges Sharon to Act to Free Jonathan Pollard

Justice4JP Release - September 17, 2001

[Translated from Hebrew]

Justice4JP Introduction

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs Eli Yishai sent the following letter to Prime Minister Sharon more than a month ago urging him to act without delay on a simple and compelling plan to seek the release of Jonathan Pollard which had been submitted to Israeli Cabinet Members by Pollard's attorney, Larry Dub. Dub laid out a plan for the formulation of a high-level Israeli delegation to meet with their American counterparts to negotiate the release of Jonathan Pollard.

Most people would assume that this is not a novel idea and that it is what Israel must have done for Jonathan Pollard - as she does for all Israeli agents in captivity - years ago. The shocking truth is that in the last 16 years there has never been an official Israeli delegation which sat down with the Americans to quietly find out just what it would take to resolve this case once and for all.

Minister Yishai's letter urges Prime Minister Sharon to act at once upon the proposed plan to free Jonathan Pollard so that "the moral stain upon Israel's national honor [which Jonathan Pollard's continued incarceration represents] may be removed and the issue struck from Israel's national agenda once and for all."

Ten fellow Cabinet Ministers submitted similar requests to Prime Minister Sharon. Text of the Yishai Letter follows:


Ministry of Internal Affairs

Jerusalem, 26 Av 5761
August 15, 2001 B"H

To Mr. Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel
Prime Minister's Office
Rechov Kaplan 3
Jerusalem

Shalom rav! [Greetings of Peace!]

Re: The release of Jonathan Pollard

Further to the letter which attorney Larry Dub sent to myself and my fellow Cabinet Ministers in which he describes the state of Jonathan Pollard's health and lays out a plan of action based on the informal position of various American officials: I feel strongly that every effort should be made to bring resolution to this sordid affair which casts a heavy stain upon Israel's morality for the shameful way that the nation has behaved towards her courageous agent and most faithful son.

It is possible that in the plan outlined by Dub, which is detailed in his letter, there may indeed exist a window of opportunity that will bring about the release of Jonathan Pollard.

In my humble opinion, this issue must be swiftly resolved by decision-makers at the highest levels so that the moral stain upon Israel's national honor [which Jonathan Pollard's continued incarceration represents] may be removed and struck from Israel's national agenda once and for all.

With Blessings,
(signed)
Eli Yishai
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of the Interior