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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 29, 1996 V4, #137
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Pollard's Mother Begins Hunger Strike
By David Borgida (VOA-White House & Arutz-7 Radio)
Esther Pollard, mother of convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard, has
begun a hunger strike in downtown Jerusalem following President
Clinton's decision not to pardon her son, Jonathan. She also
criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu for what she called, "attempts
to distance himself from the campaign to bring to the release" of
her son from prison.
A spokesman for Netanyahu responded by saying the prime minister
was active in attempts to bring to the release of Pollard even when
he was in the opposition, and that he brought up the issue in his
recent discussions with Clinton.
In a statement following Friday's announcement that Clinton had
turned down a request for clemency for Pollard, Rabbi Avi Weiss,
National President of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns--AMCHA, and
Pollard's personal rabbi, said, "We are deeply distressed by
President Clinton's decision. Pollard violated the law, but the
excessiveness of the sentence -- he's now in the 11th year of a
life term -- is a perversion of American justice. It is
unconscionable that those who have committed similar crimes
-- most recently Navy lieutenant Michael Schwartz who spied for the
Saudis and was not even brought to trial -- have been sentenced to
far shorter terms. Pollard is now in prison more than twice as long
as anyone who has committed a comparable wrong."
Clinton, for the second time in his presidency, denied clemency for
Pollard. The former civilian Navy intelligence analyst received a
life sentence after being convicted of espionage in 1986. He
admitted passing US documents to Israel that contained information
about its Arab neighbors.
President Bush denied Pollard clemency in 1993 and Clinton did so
Friday, Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry announced that despite
appeals from Israel, the president decided to agree with top US law
enforcement officials and reject the clemency appeal again.
"The president agreed with Attorney General Reno's judgement that
the enormity of Mr. Pollard's offenses, his lack of remorse, the
damage done to our national security, the need for general
deterrence, and the continuing threat to national security that he
posed made the original life sentence imposed by the court
Pollard was arrested outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington in
1985 and convicted of espionage a year later. He was granted
Israeli citizenship this year.
Mubarak Arrives This Week in the U.S.
By John Pitman (VOA-Washington)
As US diplomats resumed their shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East,
the Egyptian foreign minister has been in Washington to restate the
Arab World's position on the peace process. Amr Moussa told
reporters the Arab world is determined to close what he called "a
long chapter of animosity" with Israel -- but will not settle for
an unfair agreement.
Moussa said there is a feeling in the region that peace between
Israel and all its Arab neighbors is possible. But he stressed
that any peace settlement must reflect the views of all sides --
and include an Israeli withdrawal from Arab land.
"There is nothing called an Israeli peace. It will never be
accepted. It will never stand on its feet. Equally, there is
nothing called Arab peace that will be done according to Arab
measurements. It is a contract. It is a give-and-take. It is
right for right. It is obligation for obligation. Commitment for
commitment. Security for security. And land for peace. That is
peace for peace that we understand and accept."
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected in the United States
this week, and Moussa said the president would repeat these goals
in meetings with US officials. The foreign minister said Mubarak
would also discuss Egyptian concerns over water rights, Palestinian
refugees and the final status of Jerusalem.
Latest Terror Attack Toll Rises to Three
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem & Arutz-7 Radio)
In a drive-by shooting in Israel, gunmen have killed three people.
In response israel has reimposed the closure on the West Bank,
preventing Palestinians from entering israel.
The number of casualties in the shooting attack late Thursday night
some 10 miles from Beit Shemesh rose to three after Ze'ev Munk died
Sunday morning in Sheba Hospital -- his wife, Rachel, was buried
Saturday night. Ze'ev Munk and his father Uri, the third victim,
were buried Sunday afternoon in the cemetery of their hometown,
Mevo Beitar. Police ballistics tests showed the bullets were fired
from the same ammunition as that which was involved in two other
similar drive-by shootings, which claimed the lives of four Jews,
of the last several months.
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