Pollard Disputes Sharon's Backing
JTA - September 29, 2004
Jonathan Pollard is disputing Ariel Sharon's claim that he raises the issue of Pollard's imprisonment in contacts with U.S. officials. Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst serving a life sentence in a U.S. jail for spying for Israel, said White House contacts say the Israeli prime minister has not raised the issue of freeing Pollard. Sharon told Israel Army Radio in a Yom Kippur-eve interview that "every effort needs to be made to gain his freedom, and we are making these efforts." He added, "I have brought this issue up in all of my meetings in the United States and I have not missed one opportunity to solve this issue."
Justice4JP: In a letter to Ariel Sharon in response to his interview on IDF radio quoted above, Jonathan Pollard wrote:
"Mr. Prime Minister, if it is true that you are making every effort to secure my release, could you explain to me and to the Nation why:
In conclusion: it is obvious in light of the above that your statement to IDF radio simply does not jibe with reality.
After watching you move Heaven and Earth to secure the speedy release of Elchanan Tanenbaum, it is clear that when you want to get a prisoner home, you know how to do it.
So, Mr. Sharon, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of my incarceration, please explain to me: if you are doing so much to secure my release, why am I still in prison?"
See Also: Full text of Jonathan Pollard's letter to Ariel Sharon