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Israel - Ten Parties Unite In Call For Pollard's Release

Published on: January 6, 2013 06:23 PM
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Israeli activists demonstrating near the American embassy in Jerusalem ,calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard on November 04, 2012. Photo by Yoav Ari Dudkevitch /FLASH90Israeli activists demonstrating near the American embassy in Jerusalem ,calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard on November 04, 2012. Photo by Yoav Ari Dudkevitch /FLASH90

Israel - Ten parties from across the political spectrum joined forces over the weekend in a letter to President Shimon Peres asking him to do whatever he can to bring about the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.

The parties, which have been fighting vigorously ahead of the January 22 election, found Pollard to be an issue that unites them. The parties who signed the letter were Likud, Bayit Yehudi, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Kadima, Yesh Atid, Labor, Meretz, Strong Israel, and The Tzipi Livni Party.

“Despite all the differences between us and the many arguments we have especially at this time, it was important to us to unite and appeal to you in a a joint request on behalf of all our voters,” the parties wrote in the letter.
“In such times, it is hard to to think of another issue on which we can unite.”

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In the letter, the parties note Pollard’s recent hospitalization and the fact that on November 21 he entered the 28th year of his life sentence. They said the start of new terms in Washington and Jerusalem was an ideal time for US President Barack Obama to “turn a new leaf” in US-Israel relations by commuting Pollard’s sentence to time served.

“We cannot ignore the painful reminder that this man’s life could end while he is still in jail,” they wrote. “Please act to bring about Pollard’s release before it is too late.

Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post


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 Jan 06, 2013 at 06:44 PM RebKlemson Says:

peres has tried what he could, he cant force obama to do anything. its obvious he doesnt want to release him, theres inside politics none of us know about and thats it. theres been enough calls for his release.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 07:29 PM LionofZion Says:

It would be nice to see American Rabbis, across the entire spectrum of Jews, politely decline future invitations to the White House until brother Jonathan is free.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 07:44 PM victorg Says:

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This is an excellently effort to demonstrate the importance of Pollard's release to all Jews.
Never say enough!

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 08:00 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #1  
RebKlemson Says:

peres has tried what he could, he cant force obama to do anything. its obvious he doesnt want to release him, theres inside politics none of us know about and thats it. theres been enough calls for his release.

Lets not gmmake this an Obama issue every president has denied to pardon him

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 08:10 PM RebKlemson Says:

yep, its a united states federal issue. all the former government people can call for it again and again but its the current people that matter

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 08:38 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

It is an internal American matter and foreigners have no business interfering.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 09:00 PM I_Am_Me Says:

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LionofZion Says:

It would be nice to see American Rabbis, across the entire spectrum of Jews, politely decline future invitations to the White House until brother Jonathan is free.

It's nice to see this, it's like when 9/11 happened and all of the politicians got together on the steps of Washington. Pollard deserves to this unity, but more than that he finally deserves his freedom. I like your idea of all rabbis refusing to go to the white house until Pollard is free, maybe that would finally do the trick, if every Jew turns down invites to the white house

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:42 AM Reb Yid Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

It is an internal American matter and foreigners have no business interfering.

You mean like the Holocaust and Soviet Jewry were internal matters and Americans had no right to interfere?

Human rights is generally recognized to be a transnational matter.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 11:04 AM commonsense99 Says:

He can get parole in two years, why the big deal, lets focus the efforts for that at least there you have a real chance

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 02:55 PM ShmuelG Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

You mean like the Holocaust and Soviet Jewry were internal matters and Americans had no right to interfere?

Human rights is generally recognized to be a transnational matter.

Pollard's issue has not a single thing to do with "human rights." He was sentenced for the real crime. I want to see him freed but people who claim that freeing him is the matter of fairness are not helping. He should beg for forgiveness.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 04:55 PM chaimme Says:

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shredready Says:

Lets not gmmake this an Obama issue every president has denied to pardon him

you are correct but whilst Obama has been President many People in the know including a former secretary of states and attorney generals have called for his release. The partial documents released late last year only reinforces it.

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