Pollard Sues: Cabinet Appointment of Rafi Eitran Forfeits My Life
Hillel Fendel - Arutz Sheva News Service - May 2, 2006, 4 Iyar 5766
A High Court suit has been filed on behalf of Jonathan Pollard
demanding that Pensioner Party leader Rafi Eitan, Pollard's former
handler and control officer, not be appointed as a gov't minister.
The suit outlines why Eitan is not suited to be a Cabinet minister and
should not be entrusted with the responsibility for Israeli citizens.
Among the points mentioned are the following:
- Eitan falsely told the Americans that Pollard had acted on his own
and without Israeli knowledge or supervision. This lie deflected all
responsibility for the Pollard affair away from the Government of
Israel. Throughout the nearly 21 years that Pollard has remained in
jail, Eitan has never corrected this lie. His ongoing silence about
official Israeli involvement has helped to keep Pollard, an Israeli
agent, in U.S. prison throughout this time.
- For 21 years, Eitan has withheld a critical document, refusing to
release it to the Americans. He has also refused to provide it to the
appropriate authorities in Israel so that they might use it to save
the life of the Israeli agent.
The document, showing exactly what information Pollard did and did not
supply to Israel, would have prevented the false accusations against
him in this regard and would have allowed the Americans to close the
case years ago. Eitan has hidden this document for 21 years, knowing
full well that he was sacrificing the life of Pollard, an Israeli
agent, by doing so.
- Rafi Eitan made a clear and calculated choice over the past 21 years
to protect the political careers of his friends by sacrificing a
soldier in the field. He has refused numerous appeals from Pollard and
from his wife, Esther, to come to the aid of his agent quietly behind
- Eitan claimed that the Americans are angered when they hear his
name, and that the less that they hear the name "Eitan" the better it
is for Pollard - and therefore he refused to help at all. Despite
this, he ran for Knesset and now expects to be named a Cabinet
minister - angering the Americans all over again and leaving Pollard
to take the blame again.
- Eitan told Esther Pollard, in the presence of witnesses, that his
only regret in this case was that he did not succeed in killing
Pollard before he sought refuge at the Embassy so that there never
would have been a Pollard affair.
- A commander who callously abandons his agent in the field for 21
years, and then steps on him all over again after 21 years to further
his own career should not be entrusted with public office and the
responsibility that governs the lives of our citizens.
Pollard's petition to the Supreme Court concludes:
"The State of Israel has no right to forfeit Pollard's life and cause
it to end behind bars. The appointment of Rafi Eitan as a Government
Minister will preclude attempts to bring about Pollard's release and
will thus be tantamount to imposing a death sentence on Pollard. The
State of Israel has no right to do this."
MK Uri Ariel (National Union) called upon Interim Prime Minister
Olmert not to wait for the Supreme Court's ruling on the issue, and to
withdraw his appointment of Rafi Eitan immediately. "People who are
connected with criminal or unethical activity should not be appointed
to public positions," Ariel said. "It is inconceivable that a person
who bears the shame of the abandonment of Jonathan Pollard should
serve as a minister in Israel's government."
Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in prison for his conviction of
passing classified information to Israel, an American ally -
information that helped Israel in its defense against Iraqi attacks.
His case has been compared to that of Captain Alfred Dreyfus of France
- a world-famous case which has become the hallmark of anti-Semitism.
Dreyfus was imprisoned for only five years until he was pardoned in
Pollard is in ill health, and his wife has intimated that it could
cost him his life. In a letter he wrote just before the Pesach
holiday, Pollard wrote of his high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic
arthritis, symptoms of glaucoma, and problems with his gall bladder