U.S. Official: ‘Jonathan Pollard Will Continue to Serve Out His Sentence’
by Gidon Ben-zvi
Despite recent revelations of U.S. spying on Israel, an American official told Israeli daily Ma’ariv that “Jonathan Pollard will continue to serve out his sentence as a result of being convicted of espionage in 1987.” The anonymous government source went on to say that official U.S. policy has not been swayed in the least by the recently renewed strong criticism that Pollard’s continued incarceration has generated inside of Israel, according to the Ma’ariv report.
In recent days, senior members of the Israeli government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein and even opposition leaders have united in calling on the United States to release Pollard as a result of the exposure of U.S. espionage on the Jewish state
Meanwhile, the chairpersons of the Knesset’s Committee to Free Jonathan Pollard, MKs Ayelet Shaked and Nachman Shai, appealed on Monday to Speaker of the Knesset Edelstein to authorize the convening of a hearing, to be held in front of the entire Israeli parliament, on the subject of Pollard’s release.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Israel is working continuously to convince President Barack Obama to free Pollard.