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Published on: June 5, 2012 04:53 PM
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Esther Pollard, Jonathan Pollard's wife, meets with President Shimon Peres at his residence. (file photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)Esther Pollard, Jonathan Pollard’s wife, meets with President Shimon Peres at his residence. (file photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)

Israel - President Shimon Peres told a group of bereaved families on Tuesday that he would do “everything possible” to try to obtain the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard and enable him to come to Israel.

Pollard has served nearly 27 years of his life sentence for passing classified information to an ally. The bereaved families joined efforts to pressure Peres to use the Presidential Medal of Freedom he will receive from US President Barack Obama at a special ceremony in Washington next week to bring about Pollard’s freedom.

“Pollard’s release is an important goal of mine after the 27 years he has served in prison,” Peres told the families in an emotional meeting at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. “I will do my part as a messenger for the ultimate humane cause. I will talk [to Obama] man to man and do everything possible to bring him home.”

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Peres noted that Pollard was “fighting for his life” and suffering from multiple ailments. He said he also saw Pollard’s release as a matter of justice.

The bereaved families told Peres that because they had all lost loved ones, they saw it as especially important for them to try to save Pollard’s life.

“We will always live with our tragedy no matter how many years have passed,” said Esther Wachsman, whose son Nachshon was kidnapped and murdered in 1994. “When Peres gets the medal of freedom it provides him a platform to speak on behalf of Jonathan’s freedom. My hope and prayer is that he comes home on a plane with Jonathan. That would be a dream come true.”

The bereaved families included Israelis on the Right and Left who supported and opposed the October prisoner exchange that brought home kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit. Wachsman supported the deal, even though her son’s murderer was released.

Ruhama Raz, whose sister was killed in a 1989 attack on a bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, expressed confidence that Peres could bring Pollard home.

“We are putting all our hopes in the power our president has and his image internationally,” Raz said. “The medal he will receive should come together with another achievement.”

Peres said he was touched by the effort of the bereaved families. He promised to relay both their message and their emotions to Obama.

Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post


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 Jun 05, 2012 at 05:39 PM silenthocker Says:

Amazing that these people, despite their own real suffering, are coming together to help out a fellow Jew. I sincerely hope that Peres is successful in his request for pollards freedom

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 06:36 PM alterknaker Says:

I will do whayever I can! Basically nothing!

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Perhaps Peres can focus his efforts on building a political coalition in EY for a long-term peace settlement and thereby increase U.S. support for a more agressive policy against Iran. Instead, these efforts on Pollard, will only serve to undercut political support among U.S. voters for EY. Americans simply are not supportive of clemency or pardons for convicted traitors, whatever the historical merits.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 07:49 PM victorg Says:

The USA expects Israel to release terrorist murderers but they won't let Pollard go.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 07:47 PM zelmo Says:

If Obama won't release Pollard , then Peres should simply give Obama back the medal.and explain to Obama why he can not accept a medal from a leader who is supporting inhumanity when it comes to Pollard.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:39 PM Balaboos Says:

Reply to #5  
zelmo Says:

If Obama won't release Pollard , then Peres should simply give Obama back the medal.and explain to Obama why he can not accept a medal from a leader who is supporting inhumanity when it comes to Pollard.

My thoughts exactly!! Let Obama have egg in his face. This would be the ultimate diss!

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM Howard Says:

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victorg Says:

The USA expects Israel to release terrorist murderers but they won't let Pollard go.

Where do you get the idea that "the USA expects Israel to release terrorist murderers"? No U.S. president has ever suggested, asked or pressured Israel with regard to releasing terrorists. Israel has been doing this since at least the mid-1980s. Blame Israeli prime ministers, not U.S. presidents. You have not one shred of proof that any president ever had anything to do with Israel releasing all these terrorists.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Perhaps Peres can focus his efforts on building a political coalition in EY for a long-term peace settlement and thereby increase U.S. support for a more agressive policy against Iran. Instead, these efforts on Pollard, will only serve to undercut political support among U.S. voters for EY. Americans simply are not supportive of clemency or pardons for convicted traitors, whatever the historical merits.

yeah,he did that already.it was called oslo and look how great that turned out.i know you keep thinking if only israel would give up more,and more and more,then everybody would love us.there's still hope for you to get it one day.there'llnever be a final settlement until moshiach comes.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 10:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Dont trust this peres he promised peace with his Onslow peace treaty. He will promise you anything as long as he gets power .time for him to step down because he failed in everything.

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 Jun 06, 2012 at 07:58 AM sighber Says:

Peres was elected to the Knesset in 1959 and, served until 2007, when he became President.. So why didn't he try to get Jonathan Pollard free before?

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 Jun 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM Avreich1 Says:

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alterknaker Says:

I will do whayever I can! Basically nothing!

If you read the story correctly, alterknaker, it is stated very clearly in the first paragraph of the article that Peres said "he would do 'everything possible' to try to obtain the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard".

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