Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations visited jailed spy Jonathan Pollard last week, together with his wife, Esther. Conference Chairman Richard Stone and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein were on hand at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina, where Pollard is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel.
The visitors spoke with Pollard for two hours, after which the two released a joint statement. “We returned with a renewed commitment to work for Mr. Pollard’s release from incarceration in accordance with long-standing Conference policy. We see this as a serious humanitarian issue as well as a legal matter. He has served 27 years, seven of them in solitary confinement. Mr. Pollard has expressed remorse, which he persuasively reiterated in our two-hour discussion. He suffers from multiple serious medical challenges, which we believe add urgency to the timeliness of his release,” the statement read.
—Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JointMedia News Service