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