Pollard Letter Asks F.M. Peres to Honor Promise

Justice4JP Release - October 16, 2001

To: Foreign Minister Shimon Peres Date: October 1, 2001

By Fax and hand-delivery
No. of Pages (incl. this one): 2

From: Jonathan Pollard 09185-016
FCI Butner POB 1000
Butner North Carolina
USA 27509-1000

Dear Mr. Peres,

Recent events in Israel make it clear that the Israeli national agenda is now being determined and driven by you as you redouble your personal efforts to implement American policy in the region. While this appears to be causing consternation among Israelis, your consistent dedication to American policy in the Middle East is deeply appreciated by the Bush administration which holds you in high esteem.

Perhaps that is why certain high-ranking officials in the American government have recently indicated to my advisors that if you were to personally request my release from President Bush at this time, your request would be looked upon "most favorably." In light of your personal stature in America and given the American commitment to my release as an integral part of the Wye Accords (undertaken by former President Bill Clinton), these officials state that there is "every reason to be optimistic."

With that in mind, may I remind you of a promise that you made to me on the eve of your electoral defeat to Binyamin Netanyahu in 1996? That promise was solemnized in a handwritten personal note you wrote to my wife, Esther, (copy attached) in which you promised to do everything in your power to seek my release even though you would no longer be Prime Minister.

Mr. Peres, recent events have created a window of opportunity in the US to rescue an Israeli agent in peril and also to put an end to the festering wound between the two nations that my continued incarceration represents. I urge you to act at once to bring me home.

Yours truly,

Jonathan Pollard

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