U.S. Says ´No´ to Peres on Pollard (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/10/12)
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"Our position hasn´t changed" regarding Jonathan Pollard, U.S.
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in an email to
Yahoo News reported Tuesday.
Asked whether the White House had received President Shimon Peres´s
written plea to President Barack Obama to grant Pollard clemency,
Vietor said he was not sure "but the position is the same."
Peres sent an urgent personal request Monday to Obama asking for
Pollard to be pardoned on humanitarian grounds.
Peres also met with Esther Pollard on Sunday. According to his
office, Peres listened carefully as she outlined her husband´s
deteriorating condition and implored the President to use all his
influence as quickly as possible to ensure that Pollard – who was
rushed to a hospital last Friday – is not sent back to prison.
She said returning Pollard to prison would "be a death sentence."
Peres´s office told Arutz Sheva that the president working hand in
hand with the leaders of the Freedom for Pollard Committee to
maximize efforts to secure his release.
The President´s Office noted that Peres will next meet with Obama in
June to formally request Pollard´s release on behalf of the citizens
of Israel. Peres also received a letter to that effect bearing the
signatures of 80 Israeli lawmakers.
Peres also requested Pollard´s release during his last meeting with
Obama, following the AIPAC conference in early March.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/10/12)
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