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Monday, July 25, 2011

Oren to visit Pollard in prison

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is planning to visit Jonathan Pollard in prison this week. Oren will be the first member of the Netanyahu government to visit Pollard.
Oren will visit Pollard¹s North Carolina prison cell on Tuesday, sources close to Pollard said Sunday.

There were reports in March that Welfare and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon would visit Pollard. But at the time, sources close to Pollard immediately denied the reports because his poor health would prevent him from greeting visitors.

This time, Pollard¹s wife, Esther, already left Israel for the US on Sunday to join Oren on the visit, though there was still a chance that her husband¹s ailing health could prevent the meeting.

"Jonathan is facing surgery due to the deterioration of his health, and it is not known yet when the surgery will be, but we hope the visit happens," said Pollard activist Adi Ginsburg.

Oren caused an uproar when he suggested in an interview with a Washington radio station last June that Pollard had been part of a rogue operation.

"Jonathan Pollard occurred in the mid-1980s," Oren told the station. "Now, we¹re talking about an event that was run by a rogue organization in the Israeli intelligence community. That was, what, 25 years ago?"

Netanyahu released a rare statement refuting his ambassador following reports of the interview, saying that "Pollard worked as an agent of the State of Israel, and no one is trying to deny this."
If it happens, you'll see it here.

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At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish my government would release him already. I think it is a disgrace that we have had him locked up as long as he has been.


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