Netanyahu Won't Take Letter Signed by 109 MKs Asking for Pollards Release to the U.S.
The Matzav - November 7, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Binyomin Netanyahu will not take a letter to the US administration asking for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, Army Radio reported. The letter, addressed to President Barack Obama, was signed by 109 out of 120 MKs, including Interior Minister Eli Yishai.
Netanyahu was scheduled to leave for a five-day visit to the US on Shabbos. He is expected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden today in New Orleans and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday in New York.
Obama will be in Asia during the visit.
The letter came after former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, Lawrence Korb, said last week that Pollard was unjustly given a life sentence and should be granted clemency by the Obama administration.
In the letter, the MKs addressed the fact that Biden recently questioned Pollards life sentence.
"In light of recent discoveries, there is no doubt that the US vice president will agree that the idea of leaving Pollard in jail is no longer rational and that this idea is not worthy of an enlightened, democratic nation."
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