Esther Pollard responded with the following statement to the announcement by Prime Minster Netanyahu that he plans to make a formal, public, official request for the release of her husband, Jonathan Pollard, to US President Barack Obama in the coming days:
"Jonathan and I are heartened by Prime Minister Netanyahu's announcement that he plans to make a formal, official and public request for Jonathan's release to President Obama. We want to strengthen the Prime Minister's hand and bless him for success, without obstacle or delay.
"We ask all those who value the US - Israel special relationship to come forward and support Mr. Netanyahu in his appeal for justice and compassion at this special time of year.
"We pray that the President of the United States will see fit to extend his hand to Israel in compassion, in friendship and in justice -- to cut the Gordian knot once and for all, by sending Jonathan home now.
"From the slew of emails and phone calls we are receiving from Americans abroad and Israelis at home, this would be the consummate act of friendship towards the Jewish People. Most importantly, it would literally save Jonathan's life, and that is what I am praying for most of all."