Speaking at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly closing ceremony at Safra Square, Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat called on GA delegates and world Jewry to speak with one united voice on the Pollard issue, the Jerusalem Post reports.
“On the issue of unity, there is one person I want to mention who is missing here today,” he said. “He is an honorary citizen of Jerusalem. He should be here today. His wife Esther is here with us today. The person who is sorely missing is Jonathan Pollard.”
The crowd applauded at the sound of Pollard’s name.
Barkat continued: “Jonathan Pollard, we want him home! We need him home! We want him to be sitting here with us in Safra Square! 29 years! He has paid the price! Enough! All of Israel want him home!
“Please,” Barkat implored the delegates, “Go back to America and take this message with you. Tell your president, Israel wants Jonathan Pollard home now!”