By Yaara Maitliss -Arutz7 Hebrew News - February 15, 2008
[Translated to English by J4JP]
Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard, the longest-held Israeli captive
languishing in an American prison, published an inspiring letter about two
years ago from her husband to the beleaguered people of Sderot under
bombardment, in which he calls upon the Government of Israel to stop the
abandonment before there are casualties. What is most amazing, his words are
so prescient that it seems as if the letter had been written today.
Pollard opens his letter with these words, "To the Dear People of Sderot,
HaShalom v'habracha! Although it is no simple matter for me in my current
circumstances, I feel compelled to get a message of encouragement and
support out to you. Five years ago, (YM: that is now 7 years ago) I
concluded a letter to former Prime Minster Ariel Sharon with the following
statement: "Recent events in Israel demonstrate that you have an uncanny
ability to tolerate the agony of our people at this excruciating time in our
history. Be aware that this ability to block out their cries and ignore
their suffering is no more than an extension of your ability to tolerate the
agony of one Israeli agent. After all, 5 million is just 5 million
multiplied by one."
"In truth, when I wrote these words I would never have imagined how
absolutely accurate they would be today. At that time, absolutely no one
imagined, even in their worst nightmares, that the situation of Am Yisrael
would degenerate to the extent that it has. Please know, Dear People of
Sderot, that in your determination to put an end to the abandonment of your
city to terror, you are fighting not only for the people of Sderot, but also
for the State and for the Nation at large," Pollard adds in his letter.
Pollard continues his message to the residents and writes, "A government
which allows your lives to be jeopardized daily by on-going missile attacks
is a government which is capable of abandoning every single citizen without
exception. If at one time there were those who believed that the victims of
government abandonment were limited to certain select individuals or groups
that could be ignored, such as: the MIAs, Mudhat Yosef, the SLA army, the
collaborators, or old folks and sick people, today it is clear that the
policy of government abandonment puts every Israeli citizen at risk! We must
restore the ideal of "Arevut Hadadit" (mutual responsibility) to our
national consciousness! All for one and one for all!"
Pollard concludes with a request, "I wish I could be with you in person at
this time to demonstrate with you in Sderot. Since I am prevented from doing
so, I am sending my dear wife, Esther, to you to bring you this letter and
this message. I call upon all The People of Israel: Stand up for your
bothers, the People of Sderot! If not for their sake, then for your own!"
Pollard signs off with the words, "Much the same way that no one could
imagine just a few short years ago that cities in Israel would be blowing up
and the world would not come to a stand-still over it, today no one can
imagine just how bad things may get if we do not wake up, and do what needs
to be done now. I pray for your success and for a speedy recovery for those
who have been injured. I urge you not to despair, for ultimately justice and
truth must prevail! With love of Israel, Jonathan Pollard."
Hebrew text: Pollard to Sderot: Praying for your success
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