Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard and his wife Esther asked the organizers of a petition campaign urging US President Barack Obama to commute Pollard's sentence to stop the effort on Tuesday.
Author Naomi Ragen created a "Free Jonathan Pollard Petition" on the White House website after Obama promised to consider all petitions that get 25,000 signatures by November 8. In just two days, the petition has attracted support from all over the world, while other petitions, including one calling upon the president to end aid for Israel, have floundered.
But the Pollards said that if such a petition was capable of assisting in their struggle they themselves would have initiated and publicized a petition. They called the effort counter-productive and asked that the petition be removed from the Internet.