President Shimon Peres asked US President Barack Obama
to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard when they met at the White
House on Sunday, Peres's office said Monday.
Binyamin Netanyahu will also raise Pollard's fate with the US president
when they meet Monday, officials in the Prime Ministers Office said.
officially asked Obama to commute Pollard's life sentence to time
served in January 2011. Since then, Obama has not responded.
wife Esther urged Obama to respond favorably to the repeated requests
for the release of her husband, who has been in prison for more than 26
years. Tuesday will be his 9600th day behind bars.
release, Mr. President, will be a real medal of freedom for us and for
all of Israel!" she said, noting the award Obama intends to give Peres.
"Please send Jonathan home with Mr. Netanyahu."