Pollard: Obstacle to release of soldiers is failure of morality

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In a personal letter written from his prison cell in the United States, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard wrote to the families of the three kidnapped Israeli soldiers that, “the only obstacle to the release of their loved ones is the failure of morality and the lack of mutual assurance in Israel.”

Pollard wrote the families of Shalit, Regev and Goldwasser that he cannot stop thinking about the three soldiers and praying for them, but sadly, he cannot be optimistic. “As soon as I heard Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s statement saying Israel will not allow the beginning of talks about a ceasefire in the war against Hizballah without the release first of the kidnapped soldiers, your beloved sons, I knew these would be nothing but empty words.”

“You ask why?” Pollard writes, “Because a war for the release of a prisoner demands a moral standing, an obligation to the people, the land, and to God. It demands the same moral standing that the State of Israel had lost many years ago.”

Pollard also referred to the failure of morality, as he put it, which caused the abandoning of other prisoners such as Zacharia Baumel, Zvi Feldman, Guy Hever, and Ron Arad and the abandoning of wounded soldier Madhat Yusuf in Joseph’s Tomb. “This is the same failure of morality that led to the abandoning and destruction of the Gush Katif settlements and the abandoning of the entire north of Israel. The culture of abandonment must stop.

Pollard is accusing the government of indecisiveness on the issue of every prisoner release. “When there is no moral standing to the release of a prisoner, there is no spirit and no decisiveness, and because of that no effective action is taken. This causes a vacuum which politicians love to fill with words and empty promises only designed to help them keep their seats.”

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