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March 7, 2014 11:05 am

Netanyahu to Obama: Time to Free Jonathan Pollard

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Jonathan Pollard. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

JNS.orgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama about the issue of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s release when the two leaders met March 3 at the White House, Netanyahu said in an interview with Israel Hayom that will be published on Sunday.

“Pollard shouldn’t be in jail or in the hospital,” Netanyahu said. “The time has come to release him. I spoke about this with Obama.”

The Free Pollard Campaign reported Thursday that Pollard, in his 29th year in U.S. prison, was hospitalized Wednesday after his medical condition deteriorated. He has been suffering from various pains and underwent surgery for an unspecified medical problem during his hospitalization. Over the last year, Pollard’s medical issues have caused him to lose consciousness several times.

Pollard’s wife Esther said, “I received word of his hospitalization, but they did not give me anymore details. The lack of information is very difficult. It really drives you crazy to go through this after 29 years.”

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  • Michael

    Pollard is a traitor who sold out his country. His conviction and incarceration for life is strictly a U.S. matter and alien nations should butt out of it. He was not convicted because Israel spied on the U.S. but because he, as a born and bred American, committed espionage against his fellow citizens. I find it curious that some U.S. citizens are upset that a slimy spy who was caught red-handed and convicted on his own guilty plea are outraged by his continued imprisonment that was for “life” [duh!]. Makes you wonder.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Pollard will die in prison and from now on, if Israeli leaders have any backbone they need to point to that every time an American leader demands more mass murderers freed from prison, unless it’s with the agreement they will all be deported to the US to do with whatever they like.

    • Marjorie Richman

      Could be that there are organizations here that would take them on the spot as they would be considered mart yrs.
      Marjorie Richman