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Pollard’s Wife: Peres’ Comments ‘a Knife in my Heart’

President Peres, speaking at the Ben Gurion Award ceremony in Tel Aviv, was trying to add a calming voice to the growing strife between Israel and the Obama Administration.
President Shimon Peres broke Esther Pollard's heart and insulted Netanyahu, all in one evening.

President Shimon Peres broke Esther Pollard's heart and insulted Netanyahu, all in one evening.
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Imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s wife, Esther, wrote to President Shimon Peres that he disregarded America’s refusal to free her husband when he recently said, “There is no Israeli request that President [Barack] Obama has not responded to [favorably].”

“Just a week before my husband enters his 29th year in prison, your words, Mr. President, were like a knife in my heart,” Esther wrote. “You sent the message that, as far as you are concerned, my husband does not exist.”

Jonathan Pollard, 59, is the only person in U.S. history to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally.

President Peres, who spoke at the Ben Gurion Award ceremony in Tel Aviv, was trying to add a calming voice to the growing strife between Israel and the Obama Administration last week, insulted not only Pollard, but also Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he addressed in a condescending manner: “If we have comments we should voice them, but I wouldn’t say that only we know everything,” he said, referring to the disputed between Secretary of State John Kerry and Netanyahu, over how much of the detail of the Geneva negotiations with Iran Netanyahu knew.

At that point, Peres announced that there hasn’t been a request Israel had made which the Obama Administration didn’t respond to, including, as Peres put it, unreasonable requests.

Thirty years after the beginning of his saga, Jewish spy Jonathan Pollard continues to provide fodder for major headlines, at least in Israel and in Jewish publications abroad. Last week intelligence veteran Raffi Eitan, who was Pollard’s contact man on behalf of the Bureau of Scientific Relations (Lakam), revealed that the U.S. had reneged on an agreement it had with the Israeli government, according to which Pollard would only serve ten years.

Eitan told Army radio that the Israeli government had instructed him at the time to cooperate fully with the Americans and turn over incriminating information against Pollard – in return for the American concession in the form of a ten year limit.

But the prosecution broke that deal during the trial, when they asked for a life sentence.

JNS contributed to this report.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Pollard’s Wife: Peres’ Comments ‘a Knife in my Heart’”

  1. This idiot has caused more harm to Israel than we can imagine.

  2. Pedro Acosta says:

    Free the guy already. Others have done worse and have been pardoned or released.

  3. David Brooks says:

    Pollard provided intel the US is supposed to provide Israel as an ally (Israel does its bit and shares its intel with the US which the US then leaks to the world, such as possibel strike dates or detailed strike plans against Iran).

    The US has a history of withholding intelligence when it feels like it, such as before the impending Egyptian/Syrian attack on Yom Kippur 1973. Pollard is the quintessential patriot to BOTH Israel and America. It is obvious that like Benghazi, Reagan too ignored the 230 marines (not to mention French paratroopers) butchered by Hezbollah in Lebanon. Had the US not prevented Israel from taking out Hezbollah (and Imad Mogniyeh), that terrible tragedy could've been avoided. But it seems the oil-rich Arabs are the ones who really control America…

    Shimon Peres is the worst type of politician. Nothing that gets in the way of him getting what he wants is worth fighting for. It doesn't matter how many people are murdered due to Oslo or whom he has to betray (the PM or Pollard) in order to keep himself in the most powerful people's good books (Kerry/Obama), he'll do it, unflinchingly.

    Peres is a disgrace.

  4. e turned all the evidence over to the US against Pollard – he's a snake!

  5. Ben II says:

    Shimon Peres is an Islamic terrorist enabler & supporter, he is filth and the sooner Israel gets rid of him the better.

  6. If Pollard were not Jewish – if anti-Israel U.S.A. Groups not pressuring WH … He would be free!

  7. Once again Shimon Perez who should have hung up his hat a long time ago, is spouting off at the expense of Honesty rather than Ideology,

  8. It doesn't matter to Peres how many Jews have to die to protect the fiction of his legacy as "a man of peace."

  9. Rob Muchnick says:

    Yori,
    Please fix your article. Jonathan never even had a trial. He plead guilty to one count of spying on an ally in return for leniency. Considering the average time served for this offense is 2 years, this is what he was expecting and should have received, at worst.

  10. PERES IS A TRAITOR,ALWAYS HAS BEEN

  11. With due respect, it is good to watch your mouth when speaking to public. Thank you Jonathan you are holding on for the sake of Israel and God will reward you.

  12. Peres the putz and that’s being nice. This man is as toxic to Israel as the Arabs. I find it laughable that Peres said there isn’t a request made by Israel that Obama hasn’t responded to. Really, when Obama suggested that Israel return to the 67’ boarders did he respond to that? What about the request that the Palestinians start making clear, identifiable , and enforceable concessions of their own to curb their propensity to carry out or condone terroristic acts against Israel. When Israel was conducting the “pillar of defense” operation to finally clear the scourge that has cost so many innocent Israelis lives, did then secretary of state Clinton listen to the request that this mission must be continued until the job was done. I have my issues with Netanyahu, particularly in regards to the Palestinians, but he is justified in his concern over Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. But, Peres felt the need to support the most anti Israel president we have ever had instead of his own prime minister. Peres is completely out of touch and needs to go away. He is a disgrace to Israel.

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