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Springfield, Mo. (JTA) —
Convicted spy Jonathan
Pollard claims the classified
U.S. information he gave and
sold to Israel was for an
Israeli-sanctioned high and
noble cause "pertaining to
the covenant and survival."
He adds in a 14-page hand-
written letter from federal
prison, published by the St.
Louis Jewish Light, that
Israel unfairly repudiated
him and left him and his wife
Anne to take the rap.
"I wasn't motivated by
greed and I didn't set out to
become a martyr," he writes.
"I don't condemn the cause I
served but only the cowardly
leaders who decided to
sacrifice us all on the twin
altars of diplomatic and per-
sonal expediency!"
Israeli leaders at first term-
ed Pollard's work a "rogue
operation!' No proof to the
contrary has been reported,
yet official Israeli investiga-
tions have criticized the top
governmental leadership for
poor oversight of the now
disbanded Lekem espionage
agency that recruited and
directed Pollard.
Jonathan Pollard, 32,
received a life term in March
for his espionage activities. A
former civilian analyst for the
U.S. Navy, he told the federal
court that he had come to
realize that rather than spy,
he should have taken his con-
cerns that Israel wasn't
receiving enough security in-
formation through the chan-
nels of the Navy and as far as
the President.
He added that he regretted
sacrificing his wife "on the
altar of political ideology!'
Anne, 26, was sentenced to
two concurrent five-year
terms for being an accessory
to her husband's espionage
and receiving stolen- govern-
ment material. He claims the
inadequate treatment she
receives for -a rare, painful
gastrointestinal disorder
keeps her in agony.
Pollard also contends that
Secretary of Defense Caspar
Weinberger's "even-
handedness policy" toward
the Middle East — seeking to
erode "the Israeli army's
military superiority over the
Arabs . . . eventually
precipitated my involvement
with the Israelis?'
Pollard claims that
Weinberger has "approved
such a radical pro-Arab tilt in
U.S. Middle East policy" by
accepting the Arab claim that
Israel's strategic value is
marginal, by selling "ultra-

Morris Abram: Glib apologist.

sophisticated" arms and by
denying Israel "critical infor-
mation needed to neutralize
the new generation of Soviet
weapons being deployed along
her northern border?'
Regretting that he broke
the law, Pollard nonetheless
writes that "after months of
agonizing . . . I came to the
conclusion that the choice I
faced was between my belief
in Israel's right to continued
security and my legal obliga-
tion to uphold Mr.
Weinberger's betrayal of the
Jewish State.
Pollard also attacks Morris
Abram, chairman of the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organiza-
tions, and other U.S. Jewish
leaders "of his ilk!' He ac-
cuses them of being "glib
apologists" who should "limit
themselves to fundraising
and leave the less glamorous
affairs such intelligence
gathering to those of us who
are not afraid to be exposed as
`unhyphenated' Jews!'
He says Abram abetted the
Arab cause by "endorsing
Caspar Weinberger's rather
fanciful off-the-record assess-
ment of my actions as having
constituted 'the gravest
assault against the integrity
of this country's national
defenses in over 200 years! "
Weinberger later
repudiated that statement.
But above all, Pollard
writes, "Abram's outrageous
claim that I had, in fact,
subverted Israel's interest
struck me as being unaccoun-
tably naive . . . It would ap-
pear that salon Jews like
Abram either can't com-
prehend or accept the unfor-
tunate dichotomy that exists
between the noble halachic
(Jewish legal) values for
which stands and the
unpalatable means she must
sometimes use in order to sur-
vive!'

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