Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee called on President Barack Obama of the United States to announce that Jonathan Pollard has "served and adequate sentence" for passing classified information to Israel, and that he will pardon him and release him from prison. Addressing reporters at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem at the start of an annual visit with a group of Christian supporters of Israel, the and Republican presidential candidate noted that Pollard's case is an old one and he has been in prison "so much longer" than many people who have done a lot more against the U.S. He said it would be "an extraordinary act of goodwill and good faith that would be well received in Israel and would present no problems, whatsoever for him in the United States."
Huckabee said Iran should be the central issue when Obama comes, next month. He said, "What I would hope that what the president would be more concerned with is not whether Israelis build neighborhoods, and bedrooms for their kids but whether the Iranians are building bombs that are gonna be aimed at, not just Israel but for the rest of the world."