Peres Will Ask Obama for Humanitarian Pardon for Pollard (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 06/12/12)
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President Shimon Peres will ask President Barack Obama to grant a
pardon for Jonathan Pollard on humanitarian grounds.
Pollard, incarcerated for some 27 years on a single charge of passing
classified information to an ally (Israel), has been in increasingly
poor health. He was hospitalized several times over the past year,
including for emergency surgery.
Peres has said he will discuss the issue of a pardon for Pollard with
Obama during a private meeting. Since he is himself a president who
has the ability to grant pardons, Peres said, he understands the many
The Israeli president spoke with reporters at a briefing he held at
Blair House, the official White House guest residence at which he is
staying while in Washington D.C.
The issue will come as one of a number of other items to be discussed
this week between the two men.
A petition for Pollard´s release bearing some 70,000 signatures of
prominent Israelis, backed by media support from the entire political
spectrum, will be underlying the discussions.
Peres was received at the Pentagon Monday with a special ceremony,
and is scheduled for a talk with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton on Tuesday at the Saban Center of the Brookings Institute.
Peres is to be honored by Obama with the Medal of Freedom at a
special dinner Wednesday evening, before returning to Israel on
Thursday. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/11/12)
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