Some 60,000 people have signed an online petition asking that U.S. President Barack H. Obama pardon and release Jonathan Pollard. Pollard, who has been in prison for some 28 years, and suffers from deteriorating health. Among those who have signed the petition are former President Yitzchak Navon, several Nobel Prize winners, artists, Knesset members, and public and corporate officials.
On Sunday, Purim Day, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, released a letter he planned to present to Obama, who is set to visit Israel next month. In the letter, Rabbi Lau tells Obama that he “stands at the head of a great country, whose power is measured not just in military and economic terms, but in its spiritual leadership as the staff-bearer of freedom and liberty.
“At the eastern gates of the United States stands a monument to freedom, which grants those entering the country the United States’ ‘national business card’ – the desire for freedom for all people,” the letter said, referring to the Statue of Liberty.
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