U.S. Jewish leader: Release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is ´inevitable´ (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Mordechai I. Twersky 05/08/12)
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The release of Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy serving a
life sentence in a U.S. prison, is "inevitable" and could take place
shortly on "technical grounds," a a prominent Jewish leader and
supporter of U.S. President Obama told Haaretz.
The comment, made by Jack Rosen, chairman of the Council for World
Jewry, who is in Jerusalem to chair the International Conference of
Mayors, came in an apparent contradiction to the Obama
administration´s staunch refusal to discuss Pollard´s release.
Notably, late last year the New York Times quoted U.S. Vice President
Joe Biden as telling Jewish leaders that the convicted spy would be
released "over my dead body."
While later Biden denied he used that exact phrase, he did, however,
confirm that the sentiment expressed in that rejection was indeed his
Speaking to Haaretz, Rosen, however, said: "Right now, it looks like
he´ll be released in the next few years – shortly," he said. "There
are some technical reasons, I´m told, why he´ll be released. I think
there´s an inevitability to that happening."
Rosen, a New York City real estate executive who hosted Obama at his
Upper East Side home for a Democratic Party fundraiser last November,
would not be more specific.
"I was told what the technical reasons were but I forgot," he
said. "But it won´t be because of a presidential pardon." Pressed
further as to whether Pollard would be released prior to the U.S.
presidential election in November, Rosen replied: "No, no, no. I
don´t know when it would be. It would be in some short period of
Rosen´s prediction comes nearly a month after President Shimon Peres
sent a personal letter to Obama urging him to consider granting
clemency to the 49 year-old Pollard, who was convicted of spying for
Israel in 1986.
Peres´ missive came after a recent hospitalization prompted Pollard´s
wife, Esther, to request an urgent meeting with Peres, who is
expected to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President
Obama next month.
Peres is being urged by Pollard supporters to consider refusing
America´s highest civilian award until the convicted spy is released.
(© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/08/12)
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