MKs urge Romney to support clemency for Jonathan Pollard

July 30, 2012 21:50

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office delivered a letter from Knesset faction heads to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Monday urging him to support clemency for Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.

The letter was signed by the heads of every non-Arab Knesset faction from Meretz to the National Union, representing 109 MKs. A similar letter was delivered to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two weeks ago.

"We, the heads of the Knesset factions, the elected representatives of the citizens of Israel, want to bring a deeply painful issue to your attention, the plight of Jonathan Pollard," the MKs wrote. "It is not disputed that Jonathan Pollard broke the law and he deserved to be punished. Nevertheless, the citizens of Israel are united in their request for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds. He has served nearly 27 years in prison and his health has deteriorated to a point that is life-threatening."

The letter pointed out that Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. It noted that the maximum punishment ever meted out for the offense was 14 years.

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