Freeing Pollard

The time has come to free Jonathan Pollard.

March 2, 2012 10:44
1 minute read.
Jonathan and Esther Pollard

Jonathan and Esther Pollard 311. (photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)


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The campaign to release Jonathan Pollard is heating up again. Next week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres are set to ask US leaders for clemency for the former US Navy Intelligence analyst who was convicted by a US court of spying for Israel and sentenced to life in prison in 1987.

Even before Netanyahu initiated the first formal Israeli appeal for Pollard’s release in January 2011, various discreet efforts had been made. During the 1998 Wye Plantation talks, Netanyahu made Pollard’s case a bargaining point with the Palestinians. And in September of last year, government officials tried to float a deal in which Israel would extend a temporary moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank in exchange for Pollard’s release.


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