Democrats in US Congress urging Obama to pardon Pollard

Four Democrats in Congress urged US President Barack Obama to release Jonathan Pollard as a means of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

A letter circulating among other members of the US House of Representatives and initiated by Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) "notes the positive impact that a grant of clemency would have in Israel, as a strong indication of the goodwill of our nation towards Israel and the Israeli people," said a statement issued Thursday by Frank's office. "This would be particularly helpful at a time when the Israeli nation faces difficult decisions in its long-standing effort to secure peace with its neighbors."

Pollard has been serving a life sentence since 1986 for spying for Israel while he was a Navy analyst.