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July 23, 2013 7:34 am

Report: Israel PM Netanyahu Asks for Pollard Release Ahead of Peace Talks, US Says No

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Jonathan Pollard. Photo: PD.

Jerusalem Post – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried unsuccessfully to persuade American officials to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard ahead of diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinians, Channel 2 reported on Monday.

The report said Netanyahu told the Americans that if US President Barack Obama commuted Pollard’s life sentence to the nearly 28 years he has served, it would help him persuade his cabinet to approve the release of 82 Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prisons. But the Americans rejected Netanyahu’s request.

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