Hours ahead of a meeting with US President Barack Obama where President Shimon Peres is expected to make a plea for clemency for jailed Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, White House Spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday threw cold water on the prospects of the request being granted.
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"Our position has not changed and will not change today," Carney told journalists at a daily briefing. "I would simply remind you that Mr. Pollard was convicted of very serious crimes."
Speaking to Channel 2 from Washington, Peres said he feels he represents all of Israel by advocating for Pollard's release but said he does not want to raise expectations.