Peres officially asks Obama to release Pollard (JERUSALEM POST) By GREER FAY CASHMAN 04/10/12)
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President Shimon Peres sent an urgent personal request to US
President Barack Obama on Monday in which he officially asked him to
favorably consider commuting the life sentence of Israeli agent
Jonathan Pollard on humanitarian grounds.
In his missive to Obama, Peres thanked him for the great friendship
that his government has shown to the State of Israel and emphasized
the concern felt in Israel in general and by members of Pollard´s
family in particular about his deteriorating health.
Peres noted that in view of Pollard´s poor health coupled with the 26
and a half years that he had served, it would be viewed as a supreme
humanitarian gesture if Obama would commute his sentence.
The president kept his promise to Pollard´s wife Esther to use all
his influence as quickly as possible to ensure that her husband is
not returned to prison when he leaves a nearby hospital where he is
being treated for multiple ailments.
"To return him to prison would be a death sentence," she said.
The head of the Knesset´s Pollard caucus, MK Uri Ariel (National
Union), praised Peres for sending the letter and expressed hope that
Obama would accept Peres´s request "before it is too late."
The White House said Monday that its stance on Pollard had not
changed and that Obama did not intend to release him. Sources close
to Pollard said the White House statement was released before Obama
had received the letter and they were still hopeful the US president
would have a change of heart due to Peres´s letter. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/10/12)
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