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November 17, 2013 12:46 pm

Pollard’s Wife: Peres Comments ‘a Knife in My Heart’

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A Hebrew sign in Israel calling for Jonathan Pollard's freedom. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s wife, Esther, wrote to President Shimon Peres that he disregarded America’s refusal to free her husband when he recently said, “There is no Israeli request that President [Barack] Obama has not responded to [favorably].”

“Just a week before my husband enters his 29th year in prison, your words, Mr. President, were like a knife in my heart,” Esther wrote. “You sent the message that, as far as you are concerned, my husband does not exist.”

Jonathan Pollard, 59, is the only person in U.S. history to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally.

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  • Elliot J. Stamler

    The president has enough problems without incurring the new one of a terrible controversy over a Pollard commutation at the present time. I think it likely Pollard will gt his commutation at the very end of the Obama tenure. While I think Pollard has received excessive punishment it is well to remember he brought this upon himself and without any regard to its possible effect on American Jewry.

  • Marc

    So the way I understand this, it’s ok for the USA can spy on other countries and they get away with it and Pollard can’t be let out of prison after 29 years? Maybe the US government explain this. Or maybe not. Let’s have the Mossad arrest a few American spies that are operating in Israel and lock them up for 29 years.

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