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August 3, 2012 11:20 am

Netanyahu Gave Romney Letter Calling for Pollard Release

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Jonathan Pollard.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is recruiting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to work for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who is spending his 27th year in a North Carolina prison.

During a dinner following the Tisha B’Av fast July 29, Netanyahu handed Romney a letter signed by the heads of all parties in the Knesset (with the exception of Arab parties) calling for Pollard’s clemency, Israel Hayom reported.

Pollard’s advocates in the U.S. Congress and elsewhere say his life sentence resulting from a conviction of spying for Israel is disproportionate to his crime. The jailed spy last garnered headlines in June, when Israeli President Shimon Peres, upon visiting the U.S. to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, reportedly asked President Barack Obama to grant Pollard’s clemency. The White House, however, did not budge.

“Our position has not changed and will not change today…I would simply remind you that Mr. Pollard was convicted of very serious crimes,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at the time.

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  • Liz

    Could it be Pollard remains in prison because our non-Jewish “friends” in the Middle East demand it? Even people like Cap Weinberger say he should be released. By now, Pollard probably has a case for cruel and unusual punishment. It’s hard to understand why he remains in prison, unless it’s for the appeasement of the Arab World. If it is, that would truly be sickening. Maybe the answer is in the State Department?

  • LT COL HOWARD

    Concerning Pollard

    I support like Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, James Woosley and so many others in the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard.

    However, I believe that contacting Mitt Romney on the subject at this time is both counterproductive and dangerous… if you want to assist in Pollard’s release.

    This action which should be on the basis of humanity and justice is now tainted by a political orientation. It should be bipartisan and non-political.

  • LT COL HOWARD

    Concerning Pollard

    I support like Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, James Woosley and so many others in the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard.

    However, I believe that contacting Mitt Romney on the subject at this time is both counterproductive and dangerous… if you want to assist in Pollard’s release.

    This action which should be on the basis of humanity and justice is now tainted by a political orientation. It should be bipartisan and non-political.

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