Pollard in poor health; not yet informed of PM's request

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 22, 2010 14:33

Tearful Esther Pollard says husband too ill to receive word that Netanyahu will make formal plea to Obama for his freedom.

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Jonathan Pollard 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Jonathan Pollard has not yet been informed of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to officially request that the US release the Israeli agent, Esther Pollard  said in an Israel Radio interview on Wednesday.

According to Pollard's wife, Jonathan is in very ill health and therefore could not call her so she could "give him the good news."

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Esther Pollard said that Jonathan has been hospitalized in prison three times recently. She added that he had to cancel a visit by Jewish leaders on Tuesday because of his health.

"This good news can give him power to continue," said a tearful Esther Pollard.

Pollard's ex-wife Anne expressed optimism that Netanyahu's official request to Washington to release the Israeli agent will be successful. Her comments came in a Wednesday interview on Army Radio.

"Finally what we've waited for 25 years happened," Anne Pollard said.

She added that she always believed "the only way he'd be freed early was through political avenues."

"It's the first time in 25 years I'm completely optimistic Jonathan will be freed," said Anne Pollard.

Netanyahu will issue a public, formal and official call in upcoming days for US President Barack Obama to release the Israeli agent , the Prime Minister’s Office announced in a press release Tuesday.

Netanyahu will issue the call at the behest of Pollard, whose wife Esther delivered him a request from her husband at the Knesset on Monday.

“I intend to continue to act with determination to free Pollard, both because of the ethical obligation Israel has toward him and because Jonathan should have the right to live with his family and rehabilitate his health after so many years in jail,” Netanyahu said in the press release.


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