A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Justice4JP Release March 23, 2001

PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON MEETS
ISRAEL'S AGENT JONATHAN POLLARD


This the front page headline that should have appeared in Yediot Achronot.

PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON MEETS
POP STAR MICHAEL JACKSON


This is the front page headline that did appear in Yediot Achronot today.

 

On February 28, 2001 Dani Naveh, former Cabinet Secretary in the Netanyahu government and currently Minister without Portfolio in the Sharon government, read the following remarks into the Knesset Record:

"...The former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, made an explicit commitment to the then-Prime Minister of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu, to release Jonathan Pollard. This promise was made prior to the Wye Summit and during the course of the negotiations at Wye This was not a personal promise made to a particular prime minister. This was a promise made to the State of Israel and to the People of Israel."


Knesset Protocol, February 28, 2001
Naveh severely criticized Ehud Barak for failing to collect on the commitment by the U.S. to free Jonathan Pollard.. How much greater is the shame of Israel's new government that, in his recent meeting with President Bush, Sharon failed to make a serious request for Jonathan's release. Yediot Achronot ( 03/23/01) reports: "Sharon brought up the issue of Pollard with Bush, but did not expect a reply. He did it just for the record." Prime Minister Sharon was an eyewitness to the commitment to free Pollard as part of the Wye Accords. His failure to seriously address the issue with Bush is inexcusable. Worst of all, he didn't even try. He had time for Michael Jackson but none for Pollard, an Israeli agent rotting in an American prison in the 16th year of a life sentence for his activities on behalf of Israel. Shame.

See Also:

  • Every Picture Tells A Story
  • MK Naveh Challenges Barak's Claims About Pardon Involvement
  • Wye Page
  • Jonathan Pollard Statement Re Bush-Sharon Meeting
  • Pollard Disappointed by Sharon Meeting with Bush
  • Jerusalem Post Radio Interview with Esther Pollard