The former Navy analyst, serving a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel, is interviewed at his “gated community” in Butner, North Carolina.
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I want to be alone with Esther, to talk to her.
Without time constraints, without constant supervision. I want to
embrace Esther and kiss her the way a man should when he is holding
his reason for living in his arms. I will take her by the hand and
walk toward our future together, under an incredibly blue Jewish
sky. I hope to create a Jewish home and family in Israel.
And your longer-range goals?
I want to be a productive Israeli. I would love
to pursue projects involving effective utilization of water and
energy, and I study these issues in depth in prison to prepare for
that day. I very much want to create a work environment for me in
our home in Israel, as a means of enabling me to be close to
Esther. In this way and through these efforts, I intend to leave a
better legacy for the name Jonathan Pollard than I have done until
What concerns you most in the Middle
I am especially troubled by Iran’s march to
nuclear weaponry. I realize that this is a function of its quest to
secure domestic energy needs, but the dark side is definitely the
destructive powers they covet acquiring. In the '30s Hitler told
everyone who would listen what he wanted to do to both the world’s
democracies and to the Jewish people. Few paid attention to his
threats. Today we all have a second chance to prevent the kind of
death and insanity represented by Iran’s current leadership before
they have a chance to carry out their wild threats. But the world
needs the will to enforce effective economic embargoes and
sanctions and the willingness to act immediately to prevent the
Iranian nuclear option. This is an American challenge more than any