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  • Shalit signs on to petition seeking Pollard’s freedom

    March 12, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit joined the call on President Obama to release spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    Shalit on Monday signed an online petition asking Obama to commute Pollard's life sentence to time served.

    "I have signed a petition, and call on you to do the...

  • Pollard clemency petition reaches 103,000 signatures

    March 5, 2013 | 10:16 am

    More than 103,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Obama to free imprisoned spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    The petition, which appears in Hebrew and English, was placed online Feb. 11 and will be hand delivered to Obama during his visit to Israel later this...

  • Netanyahu pledges to ask Obama for Pollard clemency

    March 4, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to ask President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard while Obama was in Israel.

    Netanyahu met Monday with Pollard's wife, Esther, in advance of Obama's visit scheduled for later this month.

    "The time has long since come...

  • Pidyon Shvuyim fund to help imprisoned Jews

    February 21, 2013 | 8:06 am

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington established a legal defense fund for Jews being held wrongfully because of their Jewishness and will assist Alan Gross, who is in prison in Cuba.

    Financial contributions will be used to help cover the legal defense of...

  • Jewish Agency asks Obama to grant clemency to Pollard

    February 19, 2013 | 11:12 am

    The Jewish Agency in a resolution called on President Obama to grant clemency to spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    The agency's Board of Governors passed the resolution unanimously on Tuesday during its annual meeting in Jerusalem calling for Pollard's release on humanitarian...

  • December 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 11:53 pm


    'These Guys Are Thugs'

    Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tells David Kenner of Foreign Policy that Morsi is engaged in a power grab, and slams the U.S. for not speaking out. 

    ElBaradei evokes Yogi Berra to describe U.S. policy on Egypt: It reminded him,...

  • December 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 1:28 am


    Don’t Mess Up U.S.-Iran Sanctions

    Writing in Bloomberg, Lee Hamilton, Thomas Pickering and Anthony Zinni argue the case for caution in imposing even greater sanctions on Iran.

    Our leaders must weigh the easy and appealing course of ever-greater sanctions as a way...

  • Knesset members urge Romney to release Pollard

    July 31, 2012 | 10:21 am

    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...

  • Pollard supporters call Clinton’s remarks a ‘slap in the face’

    July 17, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Supporters of Jonathan Pollard called Hillary Clinton’s remarks rejecting his possible clemency “a resounding slap in the face” to Israel’s leaders and its people.

    “With respect to Mr. Pollard, he was convicted of spying in 1987, he was sentenced to life in prison, he is serving...

  • Mr. President: Commute Jonathan Pollard’s Sentence

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 17, 2012 | 7:27 am

    Last December 1, 2011 I posted on my personal blog the following arguing for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Yesterday, from Israel Hillary Clinton once again stated that Pollard would remain imprisoned. For the life of me, I do not understand why, nor the rationale upon which...

  • July 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2012 | 12:54 am


    It’s Foreign Affairs, Stupid

    As the world roils, the upcoming US election should be about more than simply the economy, writes Zalmay Khalilzad in the National Interest.

    [K]ey regions are experiencing destabilizing transitions, particularly in the greater Middle East....

  • Ex-CIA head Woolsey calls for Pollard clemency

    July 5, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Being an American Jew has kept Jonathan Pollard in prison for longer than other spies for friendly countries, former CIA head R. James Woolsey wrote in a letter to the editor to The Wall Street Journal.

    Woolsey, who recommended against clemency for Pollard while director of the...

  • July 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2012 | 4:13 am


    Where Are the Middle East’s Revolutions Heading?

    Der Speigel looks at the state of the Arab world 18 months after a Tunisian protester’s act of self-immolation sparked a wave of revolution across the region.

    The hope that the Arab world would become democratic as quickly...

  • June 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 22, 2012 | 4:02 am


    Leading Syrians prepare to defect

    Following the defection by a Syria fighter pilot to Jordan, American officials believe Bashar Assad’s inner circle have been making exit plans, write Ruth Sherlock, Suha Maayeh and Peter Foster in the Daily Telegraph.

    The defection...

  • After Peres medal, pleas for Pollard persist

    June 19, 2012 | 10:11 am

    The Washington festivities honoring Israeli President Shimon Peres have come and gone, without an assurance of clemency for jailed spy Jonathan Pollard.

    But while Pollard’s 27th year in federal prison continues, so do calls for his release.

    “While I certainly don’t condone...

  • White House won’t budge on Pollard release, despite Peres plea

    June 13, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    The U.S. stance denying clemency to Jonathan Pollard remains the same for now, a White House spokesman said, despite the plea by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    “Our position has not changed and will not change today,” Jay Carney said Wednesday. “And I would simply remind you that...

  • In first, bipartisan House letter seeks Pollard’s release

    June 12, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Congressional Democrats and Republicans are joining forces for the first time in an effort to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release.

    A bipartisan letter is circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives soliciting signatures on a letter to President Obama asking him to commute...

  • Peres to raise Pollard issue with Obama [UPDATE]

    June 11, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said he would raise clemency for Jonathan Pollard when he meets President Obama prior to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    “I will speak one on one with the president about Pollard,” Peres told reporters after arriving Monday ahead of the...

  • Five comments on Jonathan Pollard’s chances of being released soon

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2012 | 10:03 am

    While the campaign for the release of spy Jonathan Pollard from jail continues, here ‎are some sobering comments about his chances of soon being free:‎


    In the Algemeiner, not long ago, a mock debate between Obama and Romney ‎included their respective answers on Pollard...

  • How many Jewish votes can Romney get?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    There are the truisms we already know: Jews is news and all its identical twins. ‎And there’s the fact that no matter how tiny the Jewish community might be – ‎‎1.5-2% of the population – the battle for Jewish votes is extensively reported ‎and analyzed. And there’s...

  • The Israel Factor 05.2012, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt ‎Romney – from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 (totally agree) on the following ‎issues:




    Is working very hard to show how friendly he is towards ‎Israel



    Is ‎likely to...

  • The Israel Factor 05.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt ‎Romney – from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 (totally agree) on the following ‎issues:




    Is working very hard to show how friendly he is towards ‎Israel



    Is ‎likely to...

  • Obama vs. Romney: The Jewish debate

    May 15, 2012 | 10:24 am

    On May 5, President Barack Obama kicked off his re-election campaign in front of a crowd of 14,000 people at Ohio State University. Obama presented his new campaign slogan, “Forward,” and strongly criticized his presumed Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

    Sixty-one percent of...

  • Jewish movements renew Pollard clemency appeal

    April 23, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Representatives of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements renewed their appeals to President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard.

    The calls over the weekend for Pollard’s release came from the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism,...

  • White House rejects plea for Pollard release

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2012 | 11:04 am

    The White House on Monday evening rejected fervent Israeli and American appeals to commute the life sentence of Jonathan Pollard and release him after 26 years in prison.

    National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told reporters that the Obama administration “has no intention...

  • Peres awaiting reply on Pollard request

    April 10, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is awaiting a reply from the White House for his plea for clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    Peres’ letter, sent Monday, cited Pollard’s reportedly severe health situation in requesting that he be released from Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North...

  • Peres sends letter to Obama requesting Pollard clemency

    April 9, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a personal letter to President Obama requesting clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    The letter, sent Monday, cited Pollard’s severe health situation in requesting that he be released from Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina, where he...

  • Report: Pollard hospitalized, then returned to prison

    April 6, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Jonathan Pollard reportedly was hospitalized at a facility off his prison campus.

    Israel radio and representatives of Pollard’s wife reported Friday that Pollard was taken to a facility outside the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, the prison complex in North Carolina where he is...

  • Petition links Peres prize to Pollard

    March 26, 2012 | 10:30 am

    An Israeli petition is demanding that Shimon Peres condition his acceptance of the U.S. Medal of Freedom on clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    The online petition, which had garnered more than 10,000 signatures on Monday, praises Israel’s elder statesman for the honor that President...

  • Former national security adviser calls for Pollard clemency

    February 16, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Robert McFarlane, who served as National Security Advisor under President Ronald Reagan, has called on President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard.

    McFarlane wrote in a Feb. 9 letter to President Obama that an affidavit filled by then Secretary of Defense Caspar...

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