Settlers, leftists plan rival welcomes for Obama

March 20, 2013 04:10

Settlers will be busy naming a neighborhood of the Karmei Tzur settlement for Jonathan Pollard as US President Barack Obama lands in Israel on Wednesday for a three-day visit.

The ceremony is a statement of the importance of building in Judea and Samaria as well as a call to Obama to free Pollard who has been serving a life sentence in a US jail for passing classified information to Israel. The neighborhood of modular homes will be called Tzur Yonatan.

“At the time when President Obama is here, we have to raise our voices and say, ‘Let Pollard come home,’” said Davidi Perl, who heads the Gush Etzion Regional Council, in whose region Karmei Tzur is located.

He added that at the same time they will also call for the need to replace the modular homes in that neighborhood with permanent ones.

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