French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu requesting that Israel release a terrorist imprisoned for planning to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Channel 2 reported Wednesday evening.
Salah Hassan Hamori, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) for his part in the plot to kill Shas's spiritual leader in 2005.
Hamori holds an Israeli identity card and French citizenship, and there has been massive Palestinian pressure on Sarkozy to work toward Hamori's release from jail, and to compare the status of the convicted terrorist to that of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, who also holds a French citizenship.
According to Channel 2, Hamori's mother recently met with Sarkozy on the matter.
According to the report, the Prime Minister's Office acknowledged receiving the French request, and said it was being considered.