Jerusalem, 12 May 1998

GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES POLLARD AS ISRAELI AGENT

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Within the framework of intensive government activities to achieve the release of Jonathan Pollard, Pollard’s legal counsel has asked that his appeal be canceled, after the State of Israel reiterated its readiness to recognize its commitment to, and responsibility for him.

In accordance with the recommendation of the professional team headed by Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh, the State of Israel has announced that Jonathan Pollard served as an Israeli agent handled by senior members of the Scientific Liaison Bureau (Lakam).

It should be noted that this position is consistent with the facts which have already found expression in the publicly issued conclusions of the Knesset Intelligence and Security Services Subcommittee, and by the Rotenstreich-Tzur commission of inquiry established by the prime minister in early 1987.

Naveh is expected to meet with Pollard in prison on Friday.