Pollard goes back to prison from hospital (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 04/16/12)
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Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard returned from a federal hospital back
to his prison cell in Butner, North Carolina, on Sunday following 10
days of emergency treatment for a combination of severe ailments.
Pollard was brought to the hospital on the eve of the Passover
holiday after he collapsed and required urgent medical care. He was
able to make a two-minute phone call Sunday to update his wife,
Esther, that he had returned to prison.
Esther Pollard reported that he sounded weak and frail and that it
seemed hard for him to speak. She told him that President Shimon
Peres had made a personal, official, written appeal to US President
Barack Obama for his release.
“I told Jonathan that President Peres had said ‘this time we must not
fail,’” she said.
Jonathan Pollard asked his wife to thank Peres and to urge him not to
back down. She responded that she was convinced that “if President
Peres will bring the full weight of his reputation to bear, he will
not fail and your life will be spared.”
When Jonathan Pollard asked whether Obama had responded to Peres’s
appeal, she replied “not yet,” and then the phone went dead, because
the two minutes he had been granted had run out.
Esther Pollard expressed great concern about her husband’s return to
prison in his current condition.
“He is not receiving muchneeded follow-up medical care,” she
said. “It is only a matter of time until the next medical crisis
occurs. I fear for his life if he remains in prison. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 04/16/12)
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