Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi is calling on President Obama to released convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. With all respect to Rabbi Yonah Metzger, his compassion for Pollard is appropriate but his political sophistication is a little lacking.
According to Israel Radio, Metzger tied Pollard's release to Obama's reelection hopes next year.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Jonathan Pollard's wife in a meeting with Shimon Peres before he left for the United States said she asked the Israeli president to request clemency for her husband from President Obama.
Speaking after Sunday's meeting, Esther Pollard called it a "good meeting."
"The president listened to me, and I hope and believe that [what I told him] penetrated his heart," she told The Jerusalem Post.
As efforts to win his commutation intensify (last week former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger added his name to the list of former high U.S. officials asking for clemency), it's still true that most of what's written about the case is sheer propaganda.
(JTA) -- President Obama has received a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, requesting clemency for convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.
"I think it is important to underscore that Mr. Pollard was convicted of some of the most serious crimes that anybody can be charged (with)," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday
“We have received the letter and will review it,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
Neither spokesman said how long the review process would take and what steps were involved.
Ha'aretz is running the full text of Benjamin Netanyahu's letter to president Obama requesting executive clemency for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard – the first such formal request from an Israel Prime Minister.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than 500 clergy signed a letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.
The letter was delivered a day before Prime Minister Benjanim Netanyahu reportedly sent a letter to Obama issuing a formal clemency request. Netanyahu was scheduled to read his letter Tuesday evening to a Knesset plenum discussion.
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.