Pollards hope Israelis will now focus on them

Pro-Pollard Facebook groups have asked Israelis who had Schalit as their profile picture to use a photograph of Pollard.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
October 19, 2011 01:18
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Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard 311 (R). (photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)

 
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Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard’s wife Esther expressed hope on Tuesday that following the release of captive soldier Gilad Schalit, the focus of Israelis would shift to releasing her husband.

Pro-Pollard Facebook groups have asked Israelis who had Schalit as their profile picture to use a photograph of Pollard, who has been in jail for 9,463 days.

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“Jonathan and I are delighted that the painful chapter of Gilad Schalit’s captivity has been resolved and he has been returned to his family,” Esther Pollard said. “We expect that the same determination, effort, infrastructure and focus that Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu, President [Shimon] Peres and the Israeli public devoted to Gilad’s return will be redirected at once to the rescue of Jonathan Pollard.

“Jonathan begins his 27th year of captivity next month, if he survives that long. It is incumbent on the government to devote the same passionate effort and appeal to save Jonathan’s life as it did for Gilad.”

Esther Pollard said that she and her husband were deeply dismayed that the meeting US Vice President Joe Biden promised the American Jewish leadership to discuss her husband’s fate has not been set.

She said it was important that a date be set ahead of the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America on November 6, in which Netanyahu is scheduled to speak.

“No doubt, the prime minister can expedite this meeting by lending his strong encouragement to the Jewish leadership to get on with it,” she said.
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