Tuesday marked 9,700 days that Jonathan Pollard has been behind bars since his arrest for passing classified information from the United States to Israel.
President Shimon Peres said, Monday, that he would discuss a pardon for Pollard when he holds a private meeting President Barack Obama of the United States prior to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a Washington, D.C. dinner on Wednesday. He told reporters at Blair House, "I will speak one-on-one with the president about Pollard." Peres adde, "The Israeli president also has the power of clemency -- I understand all the problems associated with clemency. Clemency is not an extension of the judicial process, it includes considerations beyond and outside this area, and I'll explain this to the president."