United Torah Parties Include Pollard In Negotiations
May 22, 1996 - Avraham Ravitz
The Honourable Mrs. Esther Pollard,
Peace and blessings.
We wish to inform you that we regard the release from prison of your husband, Jonathan Pollard, as a case of the mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim (redemption of a hostage), as was declared by the Rabbis of America (Rosh Yeshivas).
As is known, the mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim is of the most important Torah commandments, and the law even permits the selling of a sefer Torah in order to fulfill this mitzvah.
We wish to inform you, on behalf of myself and of Ha'Rav Meir Porush, leaders of the United Torah Parties (Degel Ha'Torah and Agudath Yisrael), that in all future negotiations to form a government, we shall demand that the Government do
whatever is required with regard to the government of the United States, in order to secure Jonathan's freedom.
We consider the Government of Israel responsible for his plight.
Leader, Degel Ha'Torah Party