President Peres Meets with Esther Pollard
& Former US Assistant Secy. of Defense Lawrence Korb

Communicated by the President's Office - March 4, 2013

President Shimon Peres, this evening (Monday, 4 March 2013), at his residence in Jerusalem, met with the former US Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard, and the heads of the Committee to Free Jonathan Pollard.

President Peres began the meeting by stressing the importance of the efforts and cooperation on behalf of all those working for the freedom of Jonathan Pollard and said, "We all want Jonathan to be freed, in all my previous meetings with President Obama I raised the issue and I sent a special letter requesting that Jonathan Pollard be released on humanitarian grounds. I intend to raise this important issue again in my meeting with President Obama during his visit here in Israel."

During the meeting President Peres updated Mr. Korb on the efforts thus far and asked to hear from him the view and mood in the United States on the issue. They discussed the efforts made to free Jonathan Pollard and President Peres thanked Esther Pollard and the representatives of the committee and said, "I thank you for your involvement and cooperation."

Esther Pollard said to President Peres, "Mr. President, you are the only person in the world who can save Jonathan - I am here to give you strength."

For additional information:

Ayelet Frish
Spokesperson and Media Adviser to the President of Israel

Yair Zivan
International Media Coordinator
Office of the President of Israel