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  • White House: Obama has not decided to release Israeli spy

    April 1, 2014 | 11:15 am

    President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

    "Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage and he is serving his sentence," Carney said.

    "I don't have any other update to provide you on Mr. Pollard's status. There are obviously a lot of things happening in that arena and I am not going to get ahead of discussions that are under way," he said.

    Reporting by Jeff Mason and David Storey; Editing by Sandra Maler

  • Victims’ reps seek to block Palestinian prisoner release

    December 30, 2013 | 10:35 am

    A group representing Israeli victims of terrorism filed a petition to block the release of Palestinian prisoners.

    Twenty-six prisoners expected to be set free early Tuesday as part of the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were transferred to Ofer Prison in preparation for...

  • Released Palestinian prisoners get P.A. payout, monthly stipend

    November 18, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Palestinian terrorists who were released from Israeli prisons in a goodwill gesture by Israel to restart the peace process were granted large payouts and monthly stipends from the Palestinian Authority.

    Upon their release from Israeli prison, each of the prisoners received a...

  • Palestinian prisoner release causes Israeli political stir

    October 29, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    A planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners has provoked feuding within Israel's governing coalition, already under strain from U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    The inmates, all of whom were convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after the first interim...

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  • Release of Palestinian prisoners no threat, says former Shin Bet head

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    Ami Ayalon, the former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, says he’s not concerned, from a security perspective, about Israel’s scheduled Oct. 30 release of 26 Palestinian prisoners who had been involved in terror attacks.

    In an Oct. 27 interview with the Journal in...

  • Gilad Shalit- two years later

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Two years ago, the people of Israel finally sighed. Gilad Shalit has returned home.

    It took more than five years and a great fuss for the Israeli Government and Shalit's captors (the terror organization: Hamas) to sign on this controversial deal. Some would say we gave up on too...

  • Egyptian court orders Mubarak’s release

    August 21, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    Mubarak will then be put under house arrest, the prime minister's...

  • PRO/CON: Should Israel release prisoners for peace?

    August 21, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    PRO: Israel should release prisoners for peace

    by Yael Maizel, J Street

    The headline jumped out at me as I opened the paper last Sunday to read the news: “Netanyahu releases 104 Palestinian prisoners to re-launch peace talks.” As a longtime advocate for a two-state solution, I...

  • Israel should not release prisoners for peace

    August 21, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    Releasing Palestinian prisoners as a political gesture erodes Israel’s democratic fabric and challenges the country’s core sense of justice. Ironically, it is the dissemination of justice and the people of Israel’s faith in that justice that has kept their society together. 

    The...

  • Who Israel released

    August 14, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    Just after midnight yesterday, 26 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel as part of a confidence-building measure aimed at bolstering renewed Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.

    Per Israel’s Government Press Office, the following is a list of the prisoners and their...

  • Israel should release prisoners for peace

    August 7, 2013 | 9:40 am

    The headline jumped out at me as I opened the paper last Sunday to read the news: “Netanyahu releases 104 Palestinian prisoners to re-launch peace talks.” As a longtime advocate for a two-state solution, I have frequently thought about the difficult concessions and tough decisions...

  • Should Israel release Palestinian prisoners?

    July 30, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    In order to facilitate the restart of peace negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners serving long-term sentences. As usual, many have criticized this gesture, while others — though few — defend it as necessary. Israel...

  • Wiesenthal officials ask Ecuador to intercede for Alan Gross

    November 12, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center met with Ecuadorian authorities to seek their support in asking Cuba to release American prisoner Alan Gross.

    The meetings came on the sidelines of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Latin American gathering of Jewish...

  • U.S. senators ask Cuban president to release Gross

    September 25, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators asked Cuban President Raul Castro to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    Led by Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), 44 senators in a letter to Castro called Gross’ imprisonment a “major obstacle” to bilateral relations.

    ...
  • Gilad Shalit marks first birthday since being freed

    August 28, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    Gilad Shalit marked his first birthday since being freed from Hamas captivity.

    Shalit turned 26 on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shalit to wish him a happy birthday.

    “This is a particularly happy birthday,” Netanyahu reportedly told Shalit. “It is a birthday of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Family of slain Hamas leader wants to halt Israeli film’s release

    May 21, 2012 | 10:37 am

    The family of a Hamas leader assassinated in a hotel room in Dubai is trying to halt the release of an Israeli movie about the incident.

    “Kidon,” which means spear, is set to be released in France and Israel in about six months. It stars Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli as a Mossad...

  • Palestinian terrorists released in Shalit swap return to terror

    April 18, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    Israel’s Shin Bet security service highlighted two Palestinian terrorists released in the swap for Gilad Shalit who have resumed terrorist activity.

    One of the terrorists, who was deported to Gaza, wrote guidelines for future abductions, including “The captive should not be hidden...

  • Alan Gross’ wife hoping Cubans reciprocate humanitarian gesture

    March 20, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    The wife of Alan Gross welcomed a judge’s decision to temporarily release a convicted Cuban spy to visit his ailing brother and said she hoped the Cuban government would grant a similar request to her husband.

    “I empathize with Rene Gonzalez’s need to visit a dying family...

  • Alan Gross revelations could hamper campaign for his release

    February 21, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    For the Jews of Cuba, it was the ultimate Internet connection.

    The high-tech equipment that U.S. contractor Alan Gross brought with him to Cuba in 2009 to help connect local Jews to the Internet reportedly included a SIM card that makes it almost impossible to track satellite...

  • Israeli tourist released from Chile jail

    February 9, 2012 | 10:35 am

    An Israeli tourist charged by Chile with accidentally starting a massive forest fire in a popular national park was fined and released.

    Rotem Singer, 23, was ordered by a court in Puerto Natales to pay a $10,000 fine to the government of Chile and perform two years of community...

  • Cuban Jewish leaders meet with Alan Gross

    December 29, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    Two Cuban Jewish leaders met with jailed American Jewish contractor Alan Gross.

    Adela Dworin, president of the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Havana, and David Prinstein, the synagogue’s vice president, met Monday with Gross, 62, at a military hospital where he is being held. The visit,...

  • Shalit recovering well, his grandfather says

    December 1, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Gilad Shalit has recovered from the physical ordeal of his Gaza captivity, his grandfather said.

    Tzvi Shalit met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to update him on the rehabilitation of the Israeli soldier who was seized by Hamas-led gunmen in 2006 and kept incommunicado...

  • Opinion: We salute you, Gilad!

    October 19, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    “He who wrought miracles for our fathers, and redeemed them from slavery unto freedom, may he speedily redeem us, and gather our exiles from the four corners of the earth, even all Israel united in fellowship; and let us say, Amen.” 

“HaMakom y’rachem ethkhem b’tokh sh’ar...

  • Opinion: The shame in surrendering to evil

    October 18, 2011 | 2:02 pm

    In October 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain triumphantly returned from Munich carrying an agreement with Adolf Hitler that achieved “peace with honor.” Although the English people were overjoyed, Winston Churchill was less sanguine. In a speech to the House of Commons,...

  • As Israel watches, Gilad Shalit comes home

    October 18, 2011 | 11:40 am

    It seemed that all of Israel breathed a sigh of relief when Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being transferred from Hamas captivity in Gaza into Egyptian custody.

    After more than five years of campaigning for Shalit’s release, and seeing little of him other than the same...

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