Jonathan Pollard 311 (R).
(photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)
The Knesset hosted a theatrical production about Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard
by Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theater Monday that was attended by ministers, MKs, and the
Fogel family, whose children were murdered three months ago in
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin delivered an impassioned plea to
the US at the event to release Pollard, who has served more than 25 and a half
years of a life sentence for passing classified information to an
Rivlin called Pollard “our brother” and compared him to the
biblical Joseph. He expressed disappointment that the US refused an overture
from the Knesset to allow Pollard to attend his father’s funeral.
Pollard’s conviction, the Berlin Wall came down but he is still surrounded by
the walls of the federal prison,” Rivlin said. “At first, we thought that if we
could act behind the scenes, we could restore trust with the US and bring about
a breakthrough that could bring about Pollard’s release. Too slow, we learned
that acting quietly wouldn’t help and we needed to act openly to help him become
Rivlin said the American decision not to permit Pollard to attend
his father’s June 20 funeral, despite a letter the Knesset wrote to top American
officials, “stained” US-Israel relations and made Israelis feel “broken and
The Knesset speaker criticized past American attempts to make
Pollard a bargaining chip held in hopes of persuading Israeli leaders to give up
parts of the land of Israel.
“Jonathan must be released by right and not
as charity,” Rivlin said. “It should be out of justice and not as a gesture of
The 75-minute play, which tells Pollard’s story, was brought
to the Knesset by the heads of the Knesset lobby for Pollard, MKs Uri Ariel
(National Union) and Ronit Tirosh (Kadima). Ariel called for the play to be put
on across the country.
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It was attended by 350 people, including Science
and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz (Habayit Hayehudi), Agriculture
Minister Orit Noked (Independence), and MKs Ze’ev Bielski (Kadima), Tzipi
Hotovely (Likud) and Michael Ben-Ari (National Union).
Esther, did not attend the production, because she is in North Carolina, where
her husband is expected to undergo surgery soon.
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