Jonathan Pollard 311.
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Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin sent a letter signed by all the Jewish political party leaders to US President Barack Obama to free convicted Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from jail on Wednesday, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refused to take the letter with him a month and a half ago during his visit to the US, Channel 10 reported on Thursday.
"This letter expresses the position of the majority of the Israeli public that supports the immediate release of Pollard," Rivlin wrote to Obama.
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The letter was signed by nine Jewish party leaders representing 109 of the Knesset's 120 members.
Pollard’s wife Esther reacted with outrage last Tuesday
to Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser’s refusal to change the government’s approach in its efforts to bring about her husband’s release.
At a meeting of the Knesset State Control Committee, Hauser resisted
calls from MKs across the political spectrum the previous day to change
their strategy, which he said was well thought-out and ideal under the
“The only thing that has never been tried by any government of Israel is
an open call for Jonathan’s release,” Esther said. “For the cabinet
secretary to claim that a public call for Jonathan’s release and an
official request is too risky and would somehow jeopardize the efforts
to free him is twisted logic and morally bereft. Jonathan is willing to
take the risk and to bear any consequences of an open call for his
release by the Prime Minister of Israel.”Gil Hoffman contributed to this report