Member of Knesset Shai: Peres didn’t betray Pollard

Shimon Peres cannot be faulted for failure to get an early release for Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, the head of the Pollard Caucus in the Knesset, Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai, said on Thursday.

Peres was prime minister at the time of Pollard’s 1985 arrest. He was aware that Pollard was operating in the US, but when the FBI decided to make an arrest, Peres did not alert staff at the Israeli Embassy in Washington to ensure he would be let in. However, he did give documents to the US with Pollard’s fingerprints that incriminated him.


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