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Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard is upset that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
has not updated him via his wife Esther since his meeting last Friday with US
President Barack Obama, Pollard told The Jerusalem Post through Esther on
Esther Pollard said officials in the Prime Minister’s
Office had promised her that she would be updated soon after the meeting in the
White House and that Netanyahu would meet with her soon after his return to
Jerusalem. An official response from the Prime Minister’s Office denied that
such a promise had been made.
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“Jonathan told me that every day that
passes without any word from the prime minister is another day that he feels he
is being thrown out of the embassy in Washington all over again,” Esther Pollard
“I am devastated by the sadness and disappointment I hear in
Jonathan’s voice every time he calls and asks me if we have had any word from
the PM or the PMO yet. I know that it breaks his heart all over again every time
that I have to tell him that no one has been in touch with us at
Esther Pollard described herself as “heartbroken, deeply shocked
and genuinely distressed.”
She said her husband was in “an excruciating
state” and that it was “torture” for Jonathan to be kept in the
“Jonathan urgently requires a status update,” she said.
“Information is his oxygen. It is what keeps him alive and gives him the
strength to hold on one more day. Even a negative report from Netanyahu or his
office would be preferable to the anguish that Jonathan is experiencing, being
cut off and rejected once again.”
In response to a question about whether
there were plans for Netanyahu to meet with Esther Pollard, the Prime Minister’s
Office issued a statement denying that Netanyahu had promised to meet with her
and detailing the many steps Netanyahu has taken on her husband’s behalf in his
two terms as prime minister.
“Netanyahu made the matter public, despite
the opposition of the security and political establishment.
Pollard as an Israeli agent, visited him and raised his fate to American
presidents in an effort to bring about his release and his return to his family
to rehabilitate his health.”
Esther Pollard responded that the question remained when she would receive an update from the prime minister or his office so she could update her husband.