The campaign to bring about the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from an American prison received a surprising boost Wednesday from the three Arab factions in the Knesset.
The Knesset held a lengthy session about Pollard Wednesday, following revelations of American spying on Israeli leaders by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. MKs took turns calling for Pollard's freedom, including Ibrahim Sarsur of the United Arab List and Dov Khenin of Hadash.
“I want to tell the US to free Pollard,” Sarsur said. “He has served too long. But there are 5000 Palestinians in Israeli jails and some are serving too long too.”
At the conclusion of the Knesset session, every faction endorsed a resolution calling upon US president Barack Obama to commute Pollard's sentence to the 28 years he has already served. The Arab factions endorsed a different version of the resolution that also calls for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and opposes conditioning the releases on Pollard's freedom.