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  • 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...

  • Romney won’t commit on Jerusalem, Pollard

    December 20, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    Mitt Romney would not commit to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem or to pardoning Jonathan Pollard.

    Romney, a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination who has garnered the greatest support among donors, met privately on Dec. 19 the Conference of Presidents of Major...

  • Biden meets with Jewish leaders on Pollard

    November 22, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Vice President Joseph Biden met with several Jewish American leaders to discuss the case of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    During Monday evening’s meeting, Biden reportedly listened to the seven American Jewish leaders, who made a case for the severity of the sentence...

  • Pollard’s wife: Jonathan may not last another year in prison

    November 21, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    The wife of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard said her husband may not survive another year in prison.

    Pollard, who entered his 27th year in prison on Monday, is suffering from several medical complications, according to his wife, Esther. Polllard married his wife while he...

  • Biden agrees to meeting on Pollard

    October 6, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Vice President Joe Biden has agreed to meet with Jewish communal leaders to discuss the case of Jonathan Pollard.

    Biden made the commitment at the end of a Rosh Hashanah reception Wednesday at the vice president’s residence, Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the...

  • Report: Biden prevented Pollard clemency

    October 3, 2011 | 11:22 am

    President Obama was considering clemency for Jonathan Pollard until Vice President Joseph Biden prevented it, The New York Times reported.

    “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,’ ” Biden said...

  • Biden prevented Pollard clemency, NYT reports

    October 2, 2011 | 10:43 am

    President Obama was considering clemency for convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard until Vice President Joseph Biden prevented it, the New York Times reported.

    “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before...

  • Wexler urges Pollard release

    August 5, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    Robert Wexler, one of President Obama’s closest Jewish confidantes, urged him to release Jonathan Pollard.

    The July 25 letter from Wexler, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, was released Friday by advocates for clemency for the imprisoned spy for Israel.

    One of a recent...

  • Pollard recovering after surgery

    August 3, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Jonathan Pollard is recovering after successful surgery.

    Esther Pollard, the imprisoned spy’s wife, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that he was “conscious and aware” for what she had termed as “urgent” surgery having to do with his kidneys and gall bladder. She also said the...

  • Jonathan Pollard has “urgent” surgery

    August 2, 2011 | 10:54 am

    Convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard was taken to a civilian hospital to undergo surgery.

    Pollard has been in poor health, including deterioration in his kidney problems. His wife, Esther, had come from Israel to North Carolina to visit him before what has been described as...

  • Pollard urges visiting Oren: Work for my release

    July 27, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard urged Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, to work for his release during the envoy’s prison visit.

    Pollard asked Oren at the federal prison in Butner, N.C., to push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and President...

  • Chief rabbi will recite Kaddish for Pollard’s father

    June 22, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said he’ll say Kaddish for jailed spy Jonathan Pollard’s father, who was buried Monday.

    Pollard cannot say Kaddish for his father, Morris, with a minyan because there is none in the federal prison in North Carolina in which Pollard is serving a life...

  • Pollard supporters shut down White House switchboard

    June 20, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Supporters of Jonathan Pollard shut down the White House switchboard after flooding it with calls urging his release to attend his father’s funeral. 

    Israel also said Sunday that it would officially request that the Obama administration let Jonathan Pollard leave prison for a brief...

  • Peres hands Obama letter from Pollard

    April 26, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres handed President Obama a letter from Jonathan Pollard pleading for his release.

    “I write to implore you, Mr. President, in the wake of numerous calls by senior American officials urging you to commute my sentence to time served, and in light of the...

  • No clemency for Pollard, Rumsfeld says

    March 31, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld said Jonathan Pollard should not be granted clemency.

    Rumsfeld, who served under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, said during an interview on Israel’s Channel 10 that granting Pollard early release would send the wrong...

  • Grimm first House GOP lawmaker to back Pollard clemency

    March 30, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    Rep. Michael Grimm became the first Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives to back the latest push for clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    Grimm, a freshman from Staten Island, N.Y., says in a YouTube clip posted Tuesday by a supporter of the convicted spy for Israel that he...

  • McCain joins calls for Pollard release

    March 11, 2011 | 11:06 am

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is urging the release of Jonathan Pollard, the first active Republican politician to do so.

    McCain, the GOP presidential candidate in 2008, spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Thursday, according to a statement released by...

  • Kissinger calls for Pollard clemency

    March 8, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has called for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

    Kissinger sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to time served.

    Pollard was a U.S. Navy analyst when he passed classified...

  • Ex-Rep. Lee Hamilton appeals to Obama for Pollard

    March 2, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton appealed to President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard, calling it “a matter of basic compassion and justice.”

    Hamilton, a Democrat who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee when Pollard was sentenced, has intervened in the case...

  • N.Y. activist enlists Quayle, Woosley, others in new Pollard clemency campaign

    February 22, 2011 | 11:46 am

    A new campaign for clemency for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has racked up a series of big name politicos in the last few weeks: former Vice President Dan Quayle, former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter and Chicago Rabbi Capers Funnye, a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama.

    The recent...

  • Quayle calls for Pollard release

    February 7, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    Dan Quayle urged President Obama to release imprisoned spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    Quayle, who was U.S. vice president from 1989 to 1993, is the highest-ranking former official to call for the release of Pollard, the civilian U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in 1987....

  • Schultz urges release of Pollard

    January 12, 2011 | 9:55 am

    Former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz has written to President Obama asking him to release Jonathan Pollard.

    The letter delivered Tuesday says that Pollard has “now paid a huge price for his espionage on behalf of Israel and should be released from prison.”

    In the letter,...

  • Netanyahu publicly seeks Pollard’s release

    December 21, 2010 | 9:56 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is asking President Obama for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard’s release.

    Netanyahu said Tuesday he would formally ask Obama to set free Pollard, who was sentenced to life in 1987 for spying for Israel.

    A number of Jewish groups routinely request...

  • 39 Dems urge Pollard release

    November 18, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    A congressional letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard garnered 39 signatures, all Democrats.

    In comments at a press conference Thursday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he initiated the letter, written in coordination with a broad array of Jewish groups,...

  • Pollard Appeal Fails; Few Options Left

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There appear to be few legal options left for Jonathan Pollard, after a U.S. federal appeals court last Friday rejected the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst's claim that he had inadequate counsel when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel.

    The court...

  • Did Feith Cross the Pro-Israel Line?

    By Leonard Fein

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    However the sordid facts play out in the current FBI investigation of a senior Pentagon analyst's alleged spying on Israel's behalf, they raise a raft of nettlesome questions -- and memories.

    Recall, for example, that the heart of Jonathan Pollard's self-justification was that he...

  • No Decision From Pollard Day in Court

    By Edwin Black

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It didn't result in any decision, but just getting another day in court was a victory of sorts for Jonathan Pollard.

    Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for spying for Israel, Pollard for years had tried to get a new hearing, arguing that his former counsel was inept and that the...

  • Playing at Pollard

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Martin Blank confesses he has an affinity for spy stories. It was this attraction that drew him to a book about great American espionage cases a few years ago -- and to the story of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who received a life sentence in 1987 for passing...

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