Interior Minister Eli Yishai delivered a message from Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to US ambassador James Cunningham on Thursday, urging him to persuade US president Barack Obama to commute the life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.
The rabbi wrote the president that Pollard's case was one of Pikuach Nefesh
(saving a life) and that he should release him as a "humanitarian gesture." Yishai delivered the message at a party at Cunningham's residence held in honor of US Independence Day.
While some MKs boycotted the event to protest Pollard not being allowed to attend his father's funeral, there were no provocations on Pollard's behalf from anyone who did attend.