The release of Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison, is “inevitable” and could take place shortly on “technical grounds,” a a prominent Jewish leader and supporter of U.S. President Obama told Haaretz.
The comment, made by Jack Rosen, chairman of the Council for World Jewry, who is in Jerusalem to chair the International Conference of Mayors, came in an apparent contradiction to the Obama administration’s staunch refusal to discuss Pollard’s release.
Notably, late last year the New York Times quoted U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as telling Jewish leaders that the convicted spy would be released “over my dead body.”
While later Biden denied he used that exact phrase, he did, however, confirm that the sentiment expressed in that rejection was indeed his own.
Speaking to Haaretz, Rosen, however, said: “Right now, it looks like he’ll be released in the next few years – shortly,” he said. “There are some technical reasons, I’m told, why he’ll be released. I think there’s an inevitability to that happening.”
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