In the article "Israel Betrayed Pollard" (Ha'aretz 05/22/05) journalist Yossi Melman claims that the Government of Israel has funded the personal expenses of Jonathan Pollard. This is false.
Neither Jonathan Pollard, nor his wife Esther Pollard has ever received a cent from the Government of Israel. This fact was confirmed by the Ministry of Defense, in response to a query by Yediot Achronot, because of a previous journalist's claim.
Below is the retraction published by Yediot, along with the statement by the Ministry of Defense.
J4JP also takes exception to Melman's claim that Jonathan Pollard has become the exclusive concern of the right wing. Support for Jonathan Pollard cuts across all party lines, all religious distinctions, all ethnic groups, and social distinctions. A recent poll by Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio) regarding Pollard's petition to Israel's Supreme Court for PoZ status, bears this out. 85% of respondents voted that Israel should grant Pollard Prisoner of Zion status. Voters included every strata of Israeli society, including Arab listeners!
Here is the Yediot retraction including the statement by the Ministry of Defense: