Ayalon: Peres should ask US for release of Pollard

June 12, 2011 11:07

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday told Israel Radio that President Shimon Peres should intervene in efforts to free Jonathan Pollard, and ask the US for the imprisoned Israeli agent's release.

The ministers also called on Peres to advance a request by Pollard to leave jail so that he could see his ailing father.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Ayalon said that in the current situation, which prevents Pollard from being his father "in the last moments before his death," there the Pollard family should not remain alone in their struggle to free Jonathan.

"The president, as head of the state and as a person that deals also with issues that are not political, is the best person to submit a request [on Jonathan's behalf]," Ayalon said.

Steinitz echoed Ayalon's comments, saying that the request to allow Pollard to sit at his father's bedside should be respected. "This is an elementary request," he said. "Pollard should have been able to reunite with his family and to come to Israel a long time ago."

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