Jerusalem square to be 'named' after Pollard

A Jerusalem square will be "symbolically" dedicated to Jonathan Pollard ahead of US President George W. Bush's upcoming visit to Israel. City councilwoman Mina Fenton announced this week that the capital's Paris Square will be symbolically renamed "Pollard Square" in a ceremony on January 7, two days before Bush begins his first visit as US president to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The move is meant to help lobby Bush to pardon Pollard, a former US Navy analyst who is serving a life prison sentence for spying for Israel. Bush leaves office in 2009. Paris Square is located between the US Consulate in Jerusalem and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's official residence. Fenton said there are no plans to formally change the square's name. On Monday, the Knesset State Control Committee decided to ask State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to prepare a confidential special report on government efforts to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard. Successive US administrations have refused to grant clemency to Pollard.