Where is Jonathan Pollard?
Israel National News - Arutz-7- March 5, 2003
As reported on Arutz-7 following Ariel Sharon's speech last week introducing his new government, the Prime Minister promised that he would work to free "our MIAs, prisoners of war, and Azzam Azzam" - but did not mention another Israeli citizen imprisoned abroad, Jonathan Pollard.
Former Prisoner of Zion Yosef Mendlevitch told Arutz-7 yesterday that
for the past four months, "a group of us has been holding pro-Pollard vigils
outside the American Consulate and the Prime Minister's home in
Jerusalem. As the war with Iraq approaches, we should remember that
just as the U.S. Secretary of State [Colin Powell] released secret CIA
documents in order to convince the UN Security Council - this is exactly what
Pollard did 18 years ago. He gave information to Israel about the various
preparations being made for chemical and biological weapons programs in
Iraq - information that for some reason the US government wanted to keep
quiet, and therefore shut him up in jail. The time has come to do
justice. We chiefly blame Prime Minister Sharon for his abandonment of
this Prisoner of Zion."
Mendlevitch said that the fact that Sharon left Pollard out of his
speech is "consistent with the line of previous Prime Ministers, starting with
Yitzchak Shamir who gave the order not to allow Pollard to take refuge
in the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Since then this policy has
continued, up until the time he was recognized as an Israeli agent - but this was
only externally; in truth, we know that the Israeli government has taken no
concrete actions to free him, except for Netanyahu in Wye Plantation.
Once again, Arik Sharon is ceding Israeli national interests for doubtful
political interests, at the expense of something which is certain -
namely,the obligation to redeem every Jewish captive, which is an absolute."
Mendlevitch had harsh words for the American Jewish public. Asked about
his own connections in high places in the U.S. - "after all, when you
were freed from Russian imprisonment after 11 years, you even met with Pres.
Reagan" - Mendlevitch said, "The American Jewish community at the time
helped obtain my freedom, but this time, it is a mark of shame for the American
Jewish community that it has abandoned their brother. They have influence, but
they are ignoring him. There is only a small group of rabbis who are working for
him, but the World Jewish Congress and the Conference of Presidents and the rest
of the establishment are afraid of being accused of dual loyalty... This
is another Dreyfuss trial, but the difference is that then non-Jews arose
to help, [while now many Jews are ignoring it]. Pollard is truly a hero of
all humanity, in that he warned of dangers that were threatening the