An Open Letter to Prime Minister Peres from Esther Pollard
December 25, 1995
Dear Prime Minister Peres,
On the Style Page of the Washington Post, December 13, 1995, President Clinton
is quoted declaring:
"I pledge to you personally, Shimon, that I will be your partner in peace."
Will all due respect, Mr. Prime Minister, such grand public statements of honest
partnership fly in the face of the continued incarceration of my husband,
Even a cursory look at the most basic facts has to set off alarm bells for the
Nation of Israel. How can we place any reliance on American guarantees of Israeli
Fact: Michael Schwartz, American, non-Jew, spied for Saudi Arabia, for two
In consideration of Saudi "sensitivities" even though Schwartz was indicted and
signed a full confession, he never stood trial, and will never spend a day in
Fact: Jonathan Pollard is in his 11th year of a life sentence for similar activities
on behalf on another American ally, Israel.
Without even a shred of hard evidence of any damage supposedly caused by
Jonathan Pollard, the American Ally has insisted in meting out the severest
sentence in American history for anyone ever accused of similar offence. Two
successive American Administrations have shown complete indifference to Israeli
sensitivities, and have swiftly and expediently ignored the personal appeals of
three successive Prime Ministers of Israel.
The current American Administration is ignoring the overwhelming appeals, not
only of our Prime Minister, our Knesset, the entire Rabbinical population of North
America, the personal appeals of the American Jewish Leadership, and the
petitions of entire Law Schools, and Judicial groups, they are refusing to meet
with Congressmen and Senators who have been seeking an audience with
President Clinton on the matter.
This flagrant disregard for Israeli sensitivities, coupled with the dramatically
different treatment Israel has received in this matter when compared with Saudi
Arabia, beggars the claim that America can be relied upon to guarantee our
security on the Golan Heights. This second class treatment of Israel as an ally
calls into question America's true agenda in the Peace Process.
But don't let's place all responsibility at America's doorstep. Israel has failed to
respond in any meaningful way to America's mistreatment.
In the light of the double standards being exercised by the Americans in the
Schwartz case, the time has come to stop asking on bended knee for Pollard's
Nay! The time has come for Israel to demand equal treatment as an ally. The time
has come for Israel to insist on Jonathan Pollard's immediate and unconditional
Nothing less will do to assuage the fears of the people of Israel. Nothing less will
reassure them that Israel does have any standing at all in Washington. Jonathan
Pollard is the acid test of American-Israel relations.
Please, Mr. Prime Minister. Pick up the phone. Call the man who pledged to be
your "peace partner". Tell him we don't need grand public statements. Tell him to
send Jonathan Pollard home. Now.
(Mrs. Jonathan Pollard)
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