On Wednesday June 13, 2007, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu, visited Jonathan Pollard in prison. The Rabbi's Chief of Staff, Rabbi Shmuel Zafrani, and Bureau Director, Rabbi Chaim Suissa, accompanied HaRav Eliyahu on this visit.
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President of the National Council of Young Israel, greeted the former Chief Rabbi at the airport in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rabbi Lerner escorted the entourage to the prison visit at FCI Butner, where Pollard is currently completing his 22nd year of a life sentence for his service to the security of the State of Israel.
The following day (14 June 2007) Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard was interviewed in Hebrew by Ronnie of Radio Kol Chai about the meeting. The following transcript is a rendition of the interview in English.
If you do not hear about the Rav's efforts or initiatives, it is because he is not like the others who make public statements about how they are working for Pollard. They make the noise for their own honor, but do very little. The Rav is not like that. He does not seek publicity.
Our public protest - which was joined by so many other groups and individuals - had the effect of exposing other issues as well, such as how little attention is paid by the Members of Knesset to the voters which they are supposed to be representing! It also exposed Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's Shas Party - what they really stand for.