Now's The Time To Release Pollard

Arutz7 News - September 17, 2001

Israel's former Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, wrote a letter yesterday to U.S. President George Bush expressing his sorrow and condolences on the terrorist tragedies in New York and Washington and asking for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Rabbi Eliyahu wrote, in part:

"First, allow me to express my heartfelt sorrow at the immense tragedy that has been perpetrated upon the American people by wicked evil-doers, so utterly devoid of conscience and compassion, that it is difficult for the lips to utter and words are simply inadequate to express.

"...Those who commit suicide while committing acts of terror rely on religious edicts and believe that their actions gain them instant entry into Heaven and everlasting pleasure in the Garden of Eden. It is therefore imperative, Mr. President, that you call upon all world religious leaders... to issue religious edicts that forbid this. They must make it clear to all of their followers that if one does commit suicide and harms others in the process, he will... be damned to the furthest depths of Hell in the World of Truth.

"...I would like to request at this time that you extend mercy and compassion to all of Israel by immediately commuting the sentence of Jonathan Pollard. He has been severely punished, is suffering greatly, and releasing him now is the right thing to do. In doing this just act, Mr. President, you would demonstrate both strength and leadership in the world arena, and the Almighty will surely bless you in all of your endeavors.

"The President of the United States and the American people are renowned for their kindness and compassion. May the Almighty assist you now in overcoming all of your trials and may He bless you and return the nation to a state of peace, prosperity, and strength."

Voice of Judea noted that in light of reports that the U.S. has accepted an offer from the Israeli Defense Minister to share intelligence information about terrorist organizations, "now is the time to free Jonathan Pollard. The information he passed to Israel was to save them from terrorists, and now that sharing information has become legal, his case must be reconsidered."


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