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January 8, 2014 11:45 am

Report: Former U.S. Ambassadors to Israel Reconsider Opposition to Jonathan Pollard Clemency

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

JTA – Two former U.S. ambassadors to Israel who have opposed clemency for jailed spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard told an Israeli news website that they have changed their minds.

Samuel W. Lewis, who was ambassador to Israel between 1977 and 1985, the year Pollard was arrested; and Thomas Pickering, who served as ambassador from 1985, shortly before Pollard was arrested, to 1988, after which he became U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told Israel’s Walla News website that they would support Pollard’s release, though for different reasons.

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  • JOHN TRAIN

    Given all we know about the Pollard case, the words of
    Samuel Lewis and Thomas Pickering illustrate their bias.

    It is nice that they have now seen the light. However, Thomas Pickering still works to sabotage Israel.

  • Emanuel

    Here’s a reason: shameful inexcusable hypocrisy by the US! Here’s another one: poor foreign relations skills.

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