The Knesset’s State Control Committee will meet Monday morning to discuss State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss’s opinion on the government’s activities to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard.
Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser is expected to participate in the hearing, together with representatives from the Justice and Foreign Ministries, but Pollard’s most vocal representative, his wife Esther, will not be in attendance. Esther Pollard, who blasted the 2009 State Comptroller’s report as a “whitewash” by the government of its failures to gain her husband’s release, was not invited to attend the meeting.
Committee spokesman Yigal Amitai said that he had been approached last week by advocates of Pollard’s cause, and that he referred them to the committee secretary to be included on the attendance list. Amitai emphasized that anybody who wanted to attend Monday’s hearing, and requested an invitation from the committee leadership, would have been given an invitation. Pollard has spent 25 years in prison in America.