Netanyahu Decides to Ask Obama to Free Pollard (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 12/21/10)
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Israel will formally and publicly ask U.S. President Barack Obama to
free Jonathan Pollard, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced
The appeal will represent a major step to rescue Pollard from a life
term in prison for passing to Israel classified documents when he
worked for the Pentagon. The usual punishment for the offense is up
to four years in jail.
Prime Minister Netanyahu acted after appeals by Pollard’s wife Esther
and a string of events and reports the past few weeks that have
weakened the American case for imposing a life sentence on Pollard.
The Prime Minister’s office stated that the decision to appeal to
President Obama “was made following a series of talks and contacts…in
recent months with senior U.S. administration officials.”
One of those leading the free-Pollard movement is former U.S.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, who revealed that he
has spoken with President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton at least six times. He recently has said that Pollard was not
dealt with fairly.
Israeli governments have said they have made quiet efforts to free
Pollard, and Prime Minister Netanyahu warned them that his appeal to
President Obama may not succeed, if not backfire. Esther Pollard,
citing her husband’s deteriorating health, said that “this might be
my last chance to beg you to change your tactics. There is a greater
risk in doing nothing.”
American sentiment never has been strongly behind Pollard, who is
widely regarded as a spy although he was not convicted of passing on
classified information and not for spying on the United States. In
contrast, in Israel and in many Zionist communities in the Diaspora,
Pollard’s name is cited as a captive and his name is mentioned in
prayers for the return of missing Israel soldiers.
During Prime Minister Netanyahu’s previous term in office, he
recognized Pollard as an Israeli agent and granted him Israeli
"I intend to continue acting with determination for Pollard´s
release, both because of the State of Israel´s moral obligation to
him and also so that he might live with his family and be restoredf
to health after his prolonged incarceration,” Prime Minister
Netanyahu said Tuesday. (© IsraelNN Syndications 12/21/10)
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