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Rabbi Pesach Lerner: 'We Must Free Jonathan Pollard'

Rabbi Pesach Lerner talks about Jonathan Pollard, underscoring the importance of "bringing him home to Israel."
By Chana Ya'ar, Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 6/18/2012, 6:28 PM

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President of the National Council of Young Israel, recently underscored the importance of freeing Jonathan Pollard from an American jail and bringing him home to Israel.

Speaking at the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership)'s annual dinner in New York this month, Rabbi Pesach Lerner spoke about Jonathan Pollard, whose latest bid for clemency has again fallen on deaf ears.

Pollard, convicted some 27 years ago on a lone count of passing classified information to an ally nation (Israel), was sentenced to life in prison instead of receiving the standard 2 to 4 year jail term. He has languished nearly three decades in a U.S. prison, much of that time in solitary confinement, and his health is steadily deteriorating.

Recently Israeli government officials have begun to  advance increasingly intensified requests to the current sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama, to commute Pollard's sentence to time served. All have apparently been ignored.

There have been countless such appeals made in the past to other U.S. presidents on his behalf, many of which have been forwarded by national American and Israeli as well as other and internationally-renowned lawmakers, adjudicators and other important national leaders.

None have had the slightest effect on any sitting president in the White House to this day.