Committee: State has not done its all to release Pollard (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Tova Tzimuki Published: 08.01.12, 13:11)
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MK Uri Ariel criticizes government officials for failing to account
for State´s efforts to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard,
avoiding committee meetings
Speaking about efforts to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard,
Knesset Control Committee Chairman Uri Ariel said, "It is wrong to
say that the State did everything in its power to release Jonathan
Pollard. At the end of the day, the man who acted for Israel is still
The Knesset Control Committee on Tuesday held deliberations on the
government´s efforts to bring about the release of Pollard who has
been imprisoned in the US for over 26 years.
MK Ariel stressed that Government Secretary Zvi Hauser and Ron Dermer
who serves as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
have for two months now refused to attend the committee meetings and
explain the actions the government has taken to release Pollard.
This, in spite of his efforts to find aמ agreed upon date for their
Thus, the committee convened on Tuesday to discuss the officials´
absence and discussed the possibility of seeking the state
comptroller´s opinion on the government´s conduct o the matter.
According to MK Ariel, the state comptroller has previously written a
report on the matter, but with no results.
MK Ariel who served in the past as the chairman of the Knesset lobby
for Pollard´s release said at the meeting that he would consider
issuing a habeas corpus against Hauser and Dermer which would then
obligate them to report to the next meeting.
The fact that the prime minister´s advisors who organize all State
activities on the matter of Pollard´s release avoid presenting an
account of their actions to the public is (a) very serious (matter),"
"No other spy has sat in prison for such a long period of time. Even
the heads of the American intelligence services said that 26 years is
beyond a doubt, out of proportion," Ariel added.
MK Arieh Eldad (National Union), criticized President Shimon Peres´
decision to accept an award from US President Barack Obama, "while
Obama mocks Pollard´s freedom."
"Israel no longer has anything to lose," Eldad noted, adding: "We
must demand (his) release and add wholeheartedly that friendly
countries do occasionally spy on each other, as the Americans do (in
Israel) today." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 08/01/12)
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