White House denies Pollard appeal (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) News agencies Published: 04.10.12, 01:16)
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Washington rejects President Peres´ plea for humanitarian clemency on
behalf of ailing spy; National Security Council says US ´has no
intention´ of releasing him
The White House announced Monday that the US administration has
rejected President Shimon Peres´ request to grant convicted spy
Jonathan Pollard clemency.
"Our position has not changed in this case," National Security
Council Spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.
The Obama Administration "has no intention to release Pollard," he
Earlier, Peres sent a personal letter to US President Barack Obama in
which he asked him to pardon the convicted spy on humanitarian
Pollard is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina penitentiary.
The 57-year-old´s health has been deteriorating over the past few
years and he took another turn for the worst on Friday, when he was
rushed to a civilian hospital. He currently remains in serious, yet
In the letter, Peres thanked Obama for his loyalty to the Jewish
State, but noted that Israel is very concerned about Pollard´s waning
News of Pollard´s hospitalization renewed calls within the Israeli
government to push Washington for his release.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chief rabbis Yona Metzger and
Shlomo Amar as well as Shas´ spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, all
joined in the call urging the US to pardon the ailing spy.
Still, prior to sending Obama the letter Peres noted that while he
would do everything in his power to help, "There are other American
considerations that I am not familiar with."
The idea of Pollard´s release is not without support in the US.
Other than the various groups campaigning for his release, former top
officials in the US administration agree that given the fact that
Pollard has already served 27 years in prison, Washington should not
automatically negate the possibility of a pardon.
Among those who voice their support for Pollard´s release are former
secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz and CIA
director James Woolsey. AP and AFP contributed to this report
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