Rival Israeli Parties Unite For Pollard
BY HAMODIA STAFF - Hamodia [NY] Print Edition - January 7, 2013
for copy of the letter
YERUSHALAYIM — With only two weeks to go in a volatile, wide-open electoral
campaign, the warring parties have found an issue on which they can come
In an unusual display of unity, ten parties from across the political
spectrum sent a letter over the weekend to President Shimon Peres urging him
to do whatever he can to secure Pollard’s release.
The signatories to the missive included Likud, Jewish Home, Shas, United
Torah Judaism, Kadima, Yesh Atid, Labor, Meretz, Strong Israel, and Livni’s
"Despite all the differences between us and the many arguments we have
especially at this time, it was important to us to unite and appeal to you
in a a joint request on behalf of all our voters," they wrote
"In such times, it is hard to to think of another issue on which we can
The letter sounded the ongoing themes of the Pollard campaign: travesty of
justice and a humanitarian appeal.
It noted that Pollard has won the support of former Secretaries of State
Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, former CIA Director James Woolsey and a
long list of other senior American officials who have decried the unusually
harsh punishment meted out to Pollard, who has spent more time in prison
than individuals convicted of much more serious crimes.
The letter cites the recent CIA revelation that Pollard, who was convicted
of spying for Israel, never sought to obtain information about U.S.
activities. Rather, he was instructed by his Israeli handlers to obtain
information about Israel's enemies.
The parties called attention to Pollard's recent hospitalization and the
fact that on November 21 he passed a tragic milestone, beginning the 28th
year of his life sentence.
"We cannot ignore the painful reminder that this man's life could end while
he is still in jail," they wrote. "Please act to bring about Pollard's
release before it is too late.”
Speaking on behalf of “all our constituents,” they called the release of
Jonathan Pollard “a humanitarian cause of the first order, behind which the
entire Jewish people is united.”
The letter concluding with a personal appeal to Peres: "These days, when
Israel and the U.S. are about to wipe the slate slate and start a new era,
we believe that your special relationship with President Obama may finally
bring an end to the tragedy of Jonathan and his family."
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