MK Ronit Tirosh on Sunday told Army Radio she will boycott the American
Independence Day party at the ambassador's house in protest of the US
refusal to release imprisoned Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard for one day
to see his father before his death.
Morris Pollard, 95, died Sunday morning at Memorial Hospital and Health System in South Bend, Indiana.
Pollard's family, American Jewish leaders and Knesset members had been
lobbying for Jonathan to be granted what is called "compassionate leave"
for 24 hours to allow him to see his father before he died.
MK Nahman Shai, also speaking about Pollard, said in an interview to
Army Radio: "Why is [the US] so insistent on keeping him? Why can't they
release him for 24 hours? He won't do anything, he won't run away."