Chairman Uri Ariel of the Knesset State Control Committee attacked the government, Tuesday, saying it had not done all it can do to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard, who has been behind bars for 26 years on a life sentence for passing classified information from the United States to Israel. Speaking at hearing by the committee's Subcommittee on Security, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ariel said that from the point of view of results, "The man who acted for Israel is still imprisoned." The committee is seeking an updated opinion from the State Comptroller regarding the government's handling of the case.
Fellow National Union Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad criticized President Shim'on Peres for accepting America's Medal of Freedom "while scorning Pollard's freedom." Effie Lahav of the non-government Task Force for the Release of Pollard said there was a welcome change in the institutional attitude on the matter, adding that good intentions were not enough.