Four Democrats in Congress urged US President Barack Obama to release
Jonathan Pollard as a means of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace
A letter circulating among other members of the US House of
Representatives and initiated by Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Edolphus
Towns (D-N.Y.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.)
"notes the positive impact that a grant of clemency would have in
Israel, as a strong indication of the goodwill of our nation towards
Israel and the Israeli people," said a statement issued Thursday by
Frank's office. "This would be particularly helpful at a time when the
Israeli nation faces difficult decisions in its long-standing effort to
secure peace with its neighbors."
Pollard has been serving a life sentence since 1986 for spying for Israel while he was a Navy analyst.