The man held for 5 years in a Hamas prison is calling for the release of the man held for over 26 years in an American prison. IDF soldier Gilat Shalit signed a petition calling on Israeli President Shimon Peres to refuse the United States Medal of Freedom unless Jonathan Pollard is freed. Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in a cross border attack in 2006. He was released in a prisoner exchange deal in 2011.
Jonathan Pollard was arrested in 1985 for passing classified information to an ally. The civilian Navy analyist said he was sending Israel information regarding Arab chemical and biological weapons capabilities. He was sentenced to life in prison, originally in solitary confinement.