Jonathan Pollard 311 (R).
(photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s senior adviser Ron Dermer and cabinet
secretary Tzvi Hauser will brief the Knesset State Control committee soon on the
premier’s efforts to bring about the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard,
a committee spokesman said Wednesday.
The briefing will be the first
official testimony from senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office
presented to the Knesset, on why attempts to persuade US President Barack Obama
to commute Pollard’s sentence have failed.
Dermer and Hauser agreed to
come to the committee after its chairman Uri Ariel (National Union) threatened a
never-used-before legal maneuver to require them to attend via an
Ariel scrapped plans to use the maneuver after Dermer and
Hauser reassured him that they would brief the committee soon.
He said he
would immediately try to coordinate a date for Dermer and Hauser to come to the
committee as soon as possible. He accused the advisers of disrespecting the
“It is unfortunate that the Prime Minister’s Office only
understands that there are rules in the Knesset that they cannot avoid after I
have to take such an extreme step,” Ariel said. “I hope that they will keep
their promise and come as they are required to do. The contempt that they showed
the committee on such an important national interest will not be tolerated.”