Oren: Leaving DC without Pollard would hurt

Israel's outgoing ambassador in Washington Michael Oren said Wednesday that if Israel did not succeed in bringing about the release of its agent Jonathan Pollard before his term is complete, it would pain him personally. Speaking to Army Radio, Oren recounted his July 2011 visit to the North Carolina federal prison where Pollard is in the 28th year of a life sentence. Oren, who is a historian, said they spoke a lot about history in addition to the efforts to bring about his release. Oren declined to confirm reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had asked the US to free Pollard ahead of the forthcoming negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.