Media Release - July 22, 1999
Pollard's Attorney Writes to Prime Minister Barak
In his July 22, 1999 letter to Prime Minister Barak, Jonathan Pollard's
attorney, Larry Dub, asks the prime minister to clarify how he intends
to seek the release of Jonathan Pollard.
Dub enumerates the conventional methods that have repeatedly failed
over the last 14 years including humanitarian appeals, judicial
appeals, executive clemency, and presidential review.
Dub points out that it was the late Prime Minister Rabin who first
linked Jonathan Pollard's release to the peace process in 1995 when all
the other conventional methods repeatedly proved futile.
"If your government now insists that Jonathan Pollard no longer be
linked to the peace process, and since none of the above (conventional
methods) are options, please advise us," Dub asks, "on what exactly
are you basing your 'quiet diplomacy' initiative to free Jonathan
A copy of Larry Dub's letter follows:
July 22, 1999
Prime Minister Ehud Barak
Government of Israel
[Translated from Hebrew]
Dear Prime Minister Barak,
As you are aware, I represent Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, who is
serving his 14th year of a life sentence in an American prison for
service to Israel. As we have had no contact with you or your office
since you were elected prime minister, I am writing to request
clarification of the following 3 points:
1. On what basis are you seeking the release of Jonathan Pollard?
President Clinton's failure to immediately grant the private appeal that
you are said to have made in Washington [which Mr. Clinton is
constitutionally empowered to do] clearly indicates that a humanitarian
approach is as futile today as it has been for the last 4 prime
ministers of Israel over the last 14 years.
The American Justice system has failed Jonathan Pollard at every step
of the way ever since it violated his plea agreement and imposed an
unprecedented life sentence upon him. Every legal avenue of appeal
since then has been exhausted or subverted, including any possibility
- Presidential Review?
The only submissions that have been presented to this so-called
presidential review process have been from the Justice, Defense and
Intelligence agencies who all have vested interests in opposing the
release of Jonathan Pollard.
- Executive Clemency?
The President has turned down every request for executive clemency that
my client has ever made, including one request before it had even been
It was the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who first linked Jonathan
Pollard to the peace process in October of 1995, when it was apparent
that all of the above conventional methods for seeking Pollard's
release had repeatedly failed.
If your government now insists that Jonathan Pollard no longer be linked
to the peace process, and since none of the above are options, please
advise us, on what exactly are you basing your "quiet diplomacy"
initiative to free Jonathan Pollard?
2. When is the Prime Minister planning to report to Mr. Pollard's wife
and his attorney regarding his status and the disposition of his case in
3. When can Mr. Pollard expect new liaison officials to be appointed in
Jerusalem and in Washington so that direct contact with the current
government can be established?
Given the urgency of the situation your immediate response is requested.
Very truly yours,
Larry Dub Esq.
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