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Lapid: 'Tears in my Eyes' when I Spoke to Pollard

Jonathan Pollard called his wife, Esther, just as she was meeting Yesh Atid leader.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/18/2013, 3:42 PM

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid told his faction Monday that he had an emotional conversation with Jonathan Pollard in the morning hours.

"Esther Pollard was meeting me and in the course of the conversation, Jonathan called her on the phone from jail," Lapid said. "So we went outside to talk a little. It was a conversation that truly brought tears to my eyes, and I do not mean that figuratively.

"It was a conversation with a desperate and broken man and no one wants to pick up this glove," he continued. "We will do everything in our power to pick up the glove."

"They say that we have no experience and we do not know politics and this is true. And this is why we have no choice but to hold on to our values and principles, which are what we do know," he added. "The question vis-à-vis Netanyahu is not what portfolios we will receive but what values the government will adopt."