Bayit Yehudi Minister Ariel to Obama: Please free Pollard

March 20, 2013 13:46

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel asked US President Barack Obama to free Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard as he shook the visiting US president's hand upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday.

"Please free Pollard," Ariel stated, noting that Obama listened, but did not respond.Obama said in a Channel 2 television interview last week that he had no plans to free Pollard in the immediate future.

"After 28 years that Pollard is caged in American captivity, I felt a personal obligation to turn directly to President Obama and to ask him to pardon Jonathan out of humanitarian considerations," Ariel stated after having met Obama.

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