TEXT: JONATHAN POLLARD'S LETTER TO PM OLMERT:
WHO IS STEALING THE MONEY?
J4JPnews Release - March 25, 2008
TO: PRIME MINISTER EHUD OLMERT
FROM: JONATHAN POLLARD
March 24, 2008 B"H
VIA FACSIMILE and REGISTERED MAIL
Mr. Prime Minister,
RE: GOVERNMENT'S REFUSAL TO PROVIDE AN ACCOUNTING OF ITS CLAIMS OF SUPPORT
References: our letter of October 29, 2007; your letter of January 21, 2008;
our letter of February 13, 2008; your letter of March 9, 2008
As you are well aware, in the 23 years that I have been in captivity, I have
never received one cent from the Government of Israel.
Even though, as an officially recognized Israeli agent, I am entitled to
full government support and financial compensation, I have received nothing.
Similarly, my wife Esther has never received a single cent from the
Government of Israel, nor any kind of support, even when she was seriously
ill with cancer.
Yet your office continues to lie and to disseminate official government
statements declaring that my wife and I and my "close associates" are
receiving "full support in every possible respect" from the Government of
In attempt to stop the lies, I asked my attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner,
to officially request a detailed accounting from your office, which she did
on October 29th, 2007. Three months later, we received your reply dated
January 21st 2008, which contemptuously dismissed our request for
information by briefly repeating the same lies and evasions.
I therefore instructed my attorney to write to you again, and this time to
ask specific questions. In a four-page letter dated February 13th 2008, my
attorney explicitly asked you to substantiate your claims with detailed
responses (and signed receipts). Or to acknowledge the truth, by confirming
in writing that "Throughout the 23 years that Jonathan Pollard has been in
prison in America, neither he nor his wife, Mrs. Esther Pollard, has ever
received any monetary support whatsoever from the Government of Israel."
In response to the 22 specific questions posed by my attorney in her letter
to you (as referenced above) we recently received a reply from you dated
March 9th 2008, consisting of 3 sentences and signed by your legal counsel,
Shulamit Barnea Fargo. The full text of your letter reads:
"I have nothing to say but to refer you again to my letter of 21.01.08 and
to direct you to information which the State provided in the framework of
various lawsuits which were filed concerning your client.
Your claims in your letter are for the most part, baseless, and the style in
which they are written is offensive.
I do not see any place for providing the information which you requested,
out of fear that this will damage Mr. Pollard's welfare and the efforts of
the State of Israel to assist him."
It is obvious, Mr. Prime Minister, that if the Government had any proof to
substantiate the lies your office is disseminating about support for me and
my wife, you would have no need to evade the questions my attorney asked.
Your claim that information on this matter has been provided to the High
Court of Israel is simply not credible. You know as well as I do, there is
nothing in the Government's responses to the court, except promises of
support which have never been fulfilled! The Government of Israel has
repeatedly admitted to the High Court that it owes me and my wife full
support, but in spite of these admissions, it has never discharged any of
its obligations to us.
Worse still, your claim that responding to my attorney's questions will
"damage [my] welfare and the State's efforts on [my] behalf" is a blatant
lie. What "efforts"?! It does not take 23 years to secure the release of an
agent held by Israel's closest friend and ally! By now it is obvious to
everyone that the Government of Israel is not serious about seeking my
release, but is hoping that time will take its toll and "solve" the Pollard
problem permanently, G-d forbid!
If Israel were serious about seeking my release, you would not be relating
to me and my wife so mercilessly and lying about it! My wife is homeless and
penniless. I am dependent upon friends for money to make phone calls and to
buy basic necessities in prison. This is not the way the Government of
Israel treats an agent whom it intends to bring home!
Mr. Prime Minister, my wife and I would like to understand what benefit you
personally derive by lying about the support which the Government of Israel
is required by law to provide, but which is being withheld from us.
If, as you insist, your Government is allocating resources for me and my
wife, but we are not receiving them, then who is getting the money? Are the
funds (which you claim are intended for us) being misappropriated by your
office and used illegally elsewhere? While we do not know for certain what
kind of corruption is going on, we do know that something smells very bad.
In conclusion: your response to my request for a detailed accounting is
insulting and unacceptable. I intend to take whatever action is necessary to
force the truth to come to light.
Admitting the truth officially - which all of Israel already knows
unofficially - is the least you owe an agent who served the State faithfully
and who, in return, has spent 23 years of his life in captivity.
Ms.Shulamit Barnea Fargo, PM's Legal Counsel - Fax no: 02-561-0618
MK Zevulun Orlev, Chairman Knesset Oversight Committee - Fax no: 02-6753709
Judge Micha Lindenstrauss, State Comptroller - Fax 02-666-5204 and
Mr. Oved Yechezkiel, Cabinet Secretary - Fax: 02-563-2580
Original copy of Jonathan Pollard's Letter to PM (as seen on Channel 2 TV)
(PDF) or (Word Doc) www.jonathanpollard.org
Channel 2 TV News Feature: Jonathan Pollard's Letter to PM - J4JPnews
[Contains background information and a description of the film clip of Rafi
Eitan declaring that he expects Pollard home soon, which aired on the
evening news.] http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2008/032408.htm
Video [Hebrew]: Channel 2 TV News Feature: Jonathan Pollard's Letter to PM
[The original prime time newscast on Channel 2 Israel TV, with clip of Rafi
Eitan interview as described in the J4JP release
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