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July 31, 2012

Knesset members urge Romney to release Pollard

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Warsaw on July 31. Photo by REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Warsaw on July 31. Photo by REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Knesset leaders sent a letter to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney urging him to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard if elected president.

The letter, according to The Jerusalem Post, was similar to letters sent to former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It asks Romney for the “immediate release” of Pollard, who was convicted of spying on the U.S. for Israel, upon Romney’s taking office.

Every non-Arab party leader in Knesset signed the letter.

“We, the heads of the Knesset factions, the elected representatives of the citizens of Israel, want to bring a deeply painful issue to your attention, the plight of Jonathan Pollard,” the letter stated, according to the Post. “It is not disputed that Jonathan Pollard broke the law and he deserved to be punished.

“Nevertheless, the citizens of Israel are united in their request for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds. He has served nearly 27 years in prison and his health has deteriorated to a point that is life-threatening.”

Romney has said that he is “open to examining” the Pollard issue, though he did not mention Pollard during his recent trip to Israel.

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