Former kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit became the latest well-known Israeli to
sign a petition Monday calling upon US President Barack Obama to commute the
life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.
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The petition has been
signed by nearly 150,000 Israelis, including Nobel prize winners, dovish
authors, and politicians from across the political spectrum.
urged his Facebook friends to sign the petition.
“Freedom is a great gift
and a right,” Schalit wrote. “Thank you to those who worked on my behalf. Now
join to save Pollard.”
Officials in the Free Pollard campaign said the
message was Schalit’s private initiative. Pollard’s wife Esther told Channel 2
that her husband was encouraged by the petition, and asks her about it