Rep. Robert Wexler Pressing Clinton to Release Pollard
Welcome to Washington Column by Seth Gitell
The Forward (NY) September 10, 1999
Rep. Robert Wexler, a Democrat from Florida, is pressing President
Clinton to free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Mr. Wexler met this week
with leaders of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
Mr. Wexler recounted how, following the impeachment vote he made a pitch
on Pollard's freedom to Mr. Clinton. Mr. Wexler told Mr. Clinton that
although he personally believed the president's conduct during the
Monica Lewinsky affair was abominable, he thought it was not cause for
impeachment. "You should treat Pollard the way you wanted to be
treated," Mr. Wexler recalled telling Clinton. Mr. Wexler also made the
case for the Israeli peace accord with the Palestinian Arabs, but he
said he opposed concessions to Syria. "Israel has no moral obligation to
Syria," Mr. Wexler said.
The comments on Pollard come as Pollard lodged an appeal with the
Israeli Supreme Court, and his wife Esther told the public of her battle
with breast cancer.