What Peres Can Do For Soldiers And Pollard
Arutz7 News - October 21, 2001
Shimon Peres, visiting Washington this week, has an opportunity to intervene on behalf of Israeli prisoners. So feel both Yaakov Avitan, father of abducted soldier Adi Avitan, and the family of Jonathan Pollard.
Mr. Avitan asked today that Peres utilize his upcoming meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan to find out how the kidnapping of his son and two other Israeli soldiers just over a year ago was carried out. He also wants to know what the soldiers' condition is, and what items were found at the site of the abduction.
Jonathan Pollard, for his part, wrote a letter to Peres earlier this month asking that Peres use his increasing influence in the Bush Administration to achieve his release from prison, where he has been held for 16 years. Pollard's letter to Peres states,
"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... 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..., 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."