No Pollard pardon as Bush leaves office

Pollard's attorney: Petition was on president's desk and we had indications he would consider it.

January 20, 2009 22:20
No Pollard pardon as Bush leaves office

Pollard 248.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


George W. Bush did not pardon Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard on his last day as president of the United States, ending hopes that a president who boasted of his close ties with Israel would leave with this parting gesture to the Jewish state. Pollard has been serving a life sentence in an American prison for some 24 years. A last-ditch campaign was conducted in an effort to persuade Bush to commute his sentence to time served, but it was not successful. "The petition [to commute Pollard's sentence] was on the president's desk and we had indications that he would consider it along with other high-profile cases, but I don't know why he didn't accept it," said Pollard's attorney Larry Dub. "We are disappointed because the commutation was long overdue but we will continue to fight." Citing the sensitivity of the matter, spokespeople for President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declined to comment, or to reveal whether Pollard was raised in their conversations with Bush over the past few days.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

April 20, 2019
Harvey Fierstein to play Jewish feminist icon Bella Abzug Off Broadway