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Israel keeps shtum about Pollard Release

Denial is not just a river forming the western border of what some mistakeningly believe to be Eretz Yisroel

Never believe in anything until it has been officially denied!

Perhaps  Jonathan might be out in time to participate in a Kosher Day Out?

Israel denies knowledge of imminent Pollard release


Israel has no knowledge of plans to release Jonathan Pollard from prison in the United States, where he is serving a life sentence for spying on Israel's behalf, political sources familiar with the matter said in response to statements by Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan in an interview Monday night with the Knesset television channel.

Eitan, who headed the secret Bureau of Scientific Relations that recruited and handled Pollard in the 1980s, said Monday that Pollard will be released soon. However, in response to a query from Haaretz, he subsequently emphasized that his words were based on "an intuition." Eitan added that he regretted his earlier statement, because anything he says might make things worse for Pollard, and that he should have said, "I hope" Pollard will be released.

Eitan hopes that President George W. Bush, who is coming to Israel next month, might on that occasion grant Pollard clemency as a goodwill gesture for Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations, or else toward the end of his tenure later this year.


It wouldn't surprise me one bit if Pollard were released...  He could be Bush's gift to Israel for its 60's anniversary...   Eitan was seated at the same dinner table with Bush on a private occasion at Olmert's house during his last visit to Israel... and Bush didn't smack Olmert in the face.  He sat down like a puppy.  It wouldn't surprise me at all if Pollard were released.  If not for Israel's 60th... then before Bush leaves... and he will be received like a HERO in Israel.

Cherifa Sirry

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