Letter to President Clinton from The Conference of Presidents of Major
November 5, 1995
Dear Mr. President,
I was deeply moved by your comments about Prime Minister Rabin and your eulogy
at his funeral. As a Jew your words comforted me, as an American you made me
proud. I need not tell you of his regard respect and affection for you. He
reiterated it to me again in our discussion this past week. I also know that these
feelings were fully reciprocated.
While still numbed by this overwhelming tragedy, I thought of my last
conversation with him last week. Then, as on another recent occasion, he asked
that we approach you on behalf of Jonathan Pollard. I truly believe that a
meaningful last gesture to this courageous and great leader would be to grant his
request to release Jonathan Pollard. I know that he raised this matter with you
several time reflecting the importance he personally attached to it. The Prime
Minister well understood the conflicting pressure on you but asked that we
intercede as well to help bring a positive decision.
Mr. President, some months ago we wrote you to request a meeting to discuss this
and other issues. We followed up on numerous occasions with members of the
Administration. We believe that it now takes on greater significance and
You have our admiration and appreciation for your words and deeds on the
passing of your "chaver."
With respect and warmest wishes.
Executive Vice Chairman
Honor Rabin's Plea for Pollard: David Kirshenbaum