Jonathan Pollard returns to prison from hospital
By GIL HOFFMAN The Jerusalem Post 12/09/2012 15:45
Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard returned to US federal prison over
the weekend after a week in the hospital, sources close to Pollard said
Pollard underwent a battery of tests and medical consultations, including an
MRI brain scan, during his hospitalization.
Test results were not yet known and it was not clear when they will be
Pollard’s condition was stable enough for him to be returned to the Butner
Federal Correction Institute to be monitored by the prison clinic pending
Pollard’s wife, Esther, expressed “bitter disappointment” at the “lack of
any meaningful initiative on the part of Israel to secure Jonathan’s
release, especially at this time.” She issued an appeal to President Shimon
Peres to call US President Barack Obama and plead for him to commute her
husband’s life sentence to the more than 27 years he has already served.
“From the bottom of my heart, I implore you, President Peres, both as the
recipient of the American medal of freedom and as the former prime minister
who bears a personal responsibility for Jonathan’s dire plight, to save his
life,” she said.
“Because of your close relationship with President Obama and in light of the
massive American support for Jonathan’s release from a ‘grossly
disproportionate sentence’ there are no more excuses!” she said. “Time is
running out! Mr. Peres, please, act without delay!” Rabbi Pesach Lerner,
executive vice president emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel,
who leads the American campaign for Pollard, said the holiday season was the
right time to ask Obama for clemency.
“Hanukka is a perfect opportunity for President Peres to ask for this humane
gesture from President Obama,” Lerner said. “It is a matter of justice. It
is a humanitarian issue. Most important of all, it is a matter of saving a
life. What is Peres waiting for?”