Jonathan and Esther Pollard 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Justice4JP)
Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard will enter the 29th year of his life sentence
Thursday, the 28th anniversary of his arrest outside the Israeli embassy in
Pollard’s wife Esther said she and her husband had not lost
hope that US President Barack Obama would commute his sentence to the time he
has already served.
“It is a terrible blow to Jonathan and to me that all
the anguish and suffering he has endured for a full 28 years in prison now
continues into year 29,” Esther Pollard said. “We had such high hopes that this
nightmare anniversary would not occur again. After all the recent developments,
we really hoped that by now we would be recovering from our ordeal and
rebuilding our life , that we would finally live together here in Israel and get
on with our life together.”
She said she was encouraged by the numerous
ranking American officials who have come out in support of her husband’s
release, the declassification of materials exonerating him and many other
factors. She called upon Obama to commute the sentence of her husband, whose
health is deteriorating, as a matter of compassion and mercy.
Bar (Labor), Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) and David Azulay (Shas) jointly called
for Pollard’s release in a special discussion in the Knesset plenum.
said the effort to bring Pollard home crossed party lines. He complained that
the US, which did not want Pollard’s deeds to be seen positively, had made him a
hero by holding him so long.
“Pollard paid a price for his actions that
is higher and heavier than usual,” Bar said. “He should be allowed to go home to
Israel and his family.”
The government’s liaison to the Knesset, deputy
minister Ophir Akunis (Likud) rejected charges that the government was not doing
enough to bring Pollard home. He said the issue was not in the hands of the
Israeli government, but of the president of the United States.