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December 26, 2013 12:26 pm

106 Israeli MKs Call on Obama to Release Pollard

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Jonathan Pollard. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Following a long debate in the Knesset on Wednesday evening, 106 of the 120 MKs (Members of Knesset) signed a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama calling for the immediate release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who has spent 28 years in jail.

The Knesset will convey the letter to Obama via U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will also present a copy to the U.S. Senate.

“The Israeli Knesset is turning to U.S. President Barack Obama to request, on humanitarian and humanistic grounds, in light of his grave medical condition, to shorten the sentence of Jonathan Pollard and order his immediate release,” read the letter. “This humanitarian gesture is essential, and even necessary for Israel-U.S. relations at this time. The Israeli Knesset is saying in a single voice, ‘The time has come to free Jonathan Pollard.'”

The debate leading up to the letter’s drafting and signing was initiated by MKs Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) and Hilik Bar (Labor) and involved some 40 MKs.

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  • Streelsh

    Jonathan Pollard committed a crime and should have been punished for that. However, the punishment meted out to him has been unduly harsh and violating his Constitutional rights supposed to protect him from “cruel and unusual punishment” Moreover, his incarceration, in the beginning of his prison service, in a hospital for the criminally insane even after prison officials were notified that he was mentally ok, not only violated his Constitutional rights but was in direct violation of the Helsinki Agreement of 1969 to which the US was a signatory

    Not only should President Obama be ashamed for his failure to pardon Pollard – or at least commute his sentence but each and every President from Reagan to Bush 43 shares in that shame