Pollard's Wife: Israel's Payoff Offer Rejected
Etgar Lefkovits - The Jerusalem Post - November 26, 2001
The Israeli Government has offered convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard
nearly $2 million to relieve Israel of its responsibility to seek his
release, according to his wife, Esther Pollard.
The offer, made by an unnamed Israeli official during a November 14 prison
meeting with Pollard, was rejected out of hand by him, she said.
"My husband is being treated like a piece of meat, bought or sold alive,"
Esther Pollard said in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post from
North Carolina today.
A spokeswoman in the office of Minister without Portfolio Danny Naveh, who
is dealing with the issue on behalf of the government, said she could
neither confirm nor deny the offer.
A former US navy intelligence analyst, Pollard has served more than 16
years of a life sentence for spying for Israel. Successive US administrations
have rejected requests for clemency.
Esther Pollard said her husband was deeply disappointment by the inaction
of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the repeated "empty publicity stunts" of
Naveh, whose "corrupt attempt to throw money at the problem" exemplified
what she termed "the corruption of the political establishment."
She quoted her husband as saying: "Sharon's silence and inaction are in
fact what is now truly sealing my fate."