This morning Associated Press reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to “press President Barack Obama to release” convicted spy Jonathan Pollard “in a formal and public manner."
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The former wife of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was brought to Israel for assistance.
Anne Pollard and her elderly father arrived in Israel on Monday after being found living in a one-bedroom apartment in New York in dire financial and physical condition.
Pollard reportedly called the Israeli Consulate in New York requesting help and saying that she had not eaten in six days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, upon being apprised of the situation, ordered her to be taken care of.
With congressional efforts to win convicted spy Jonathan Pollard's release on the uptick, it's interesting to consider the Republicans awkward Pollard problem. (Read the Jewish Week editorial "Release Pollard Now" here)
That problem was evident earlier in the month when 39 House members signed a letter calling for Pollard's release – every last one of them a Democrat.
The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “asked the US to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard as part of a series of gestures made to Israel in an effort to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.”
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A combination of timing, diplomatic considerations and, above all, good old-fashioned nudging has culminated in the biggest push in years to free Jonathan Pollard.
Insiders associated with the push, which resulted last week in a congressional letter to President Obama asking for clemency for the American Jew convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel, say the main factor was one man: David Nyer, an Orthodox activist from Monsey, N.Y.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A congressional letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard garnered 39 signatures, all Democrats.
In comments at a press conference Thursday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he initiated the letter, written in coordination with a broad array of Jewish groups, mostly out of humanitarian concerns for the convicted Israeli spy, imprisoned 25 years, but also as a spur in the peace process.
Historian and journalist Gil Troy has some hits and misses in his important Tablet essay on the Jonathan Pollard case and what he believes is a nascent mainstream effort in the Jewish community to win his freedom.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who has made no secret of his desire to see the Republicans retake Congress, endorsed Staten Island GOP challenger Michael Grimm on Wednesday.
Hikind said the decision had nothing to do with the “Jewish list” controversy last spring when Democrat incumbent Michael McMahon fired a spokeswoman who spoke in an interview about “Jewish money” collected by Grimm.
“He apologized for that,” Hikind said. “It was cleared up.”
I'm hearing more and more rumbles about a possible effort by the Israeli government to win the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, now in his 25th year in prison.
Contrary to earlier reports, the talk doesn't center on a trade – releasing Pollard in return for an extension of the West Bank settlement moratorium, a major sticking point in the continuation of the recently restarted Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.