TA chief rabbi Lau warns Obama not to let Pollard die

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 23, 2013 22:58

Tel Aviv chief rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau wrote US President Barack Obama on Friday, urging him to commute the sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard to the more than 27 years he has served.

Lau asked for Pollard's freedom in a letter full of Biblical quotations and references to former US president Abraham Lincoln, civil rights leader Martin Luther King and the Statue of Liberty. The rabbi warned of Pollard's deteriorating health and pleads with him to release the Israeli agent before he dies in prison.

"Despite his admission and his regret, Jonathan continues to serve a sentence unprecedented in American history [for the crime he committed]," Lau wrote. "His health is fleeting and the remainder of his life is diminishing."


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