Over a 100 MKs signed the following letter that was sent to President Obama:


President Barack Obama

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500


Subject: Jonathan Pollard – Release


Dear Mr. President,

We, the members of the Knesset of Israel, turn to you to request that you order the release of Jonathan Pollard from prison.

Pollard has already served a 29-year punishment for his serious offenses. This is the longest prison term ever served for these crimes.

Conditions are ripe for his release.

Over the years Defense and Intelligence officials in previous U.S. administrations have expressed their professional opinion that Pollard should be released. This request was also presented to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Within the American public, the American Jewish community and, of course, in Israel there is a broad movement calling for Pollard’s release.

Mr. President, we ask that you give proper consideration to this request and order the release of Jonathan Pollard on humanitarian and humanistic grounds. It is in your hands to grant him the chance to end his life a free man.

The time has come to end the chapter of espionage between Israel and the United States.


Sincerely yours,

Knesset Lobby for Jonathan Pollard’s Release

MK Dr. Nachman Shai, MK Ayelet Shaked