AP: Pollard opposes Israel-Palestinian prisoner swap

Associated Press - December 2, 2009

JERUSALEM An American convicted of spying for Israel is reportedly proposing that Israel kill Hamas prisoners rather than swap them for a captive Israeli soldier.

The Jerusalem Post daily reports that Jonathan Pollard says Israel should kill one Hamas prisoner every day until the militant group frees Sgt. Gilad Schalit

Pollard, who is serving a

life sentence

in the U.S. for his 1985 spy conviction, also says he'd refuse to be exchanged for "terrorists."

The paper said Wednesday that Pollard made the remarks to Israeli ultranationalist activist Moshe Feiglin who visited him in a prison in Butner, North Carolina.

Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers are believed to be nearing a deal to swap 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Schalit, who has been held in Gaza since 2006.

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