Daily Israel Report

Obama: No Plan for Releasing Pollard Immediately

"I am going to make sure that he is accorded the same kinds of review as others," president tells Channel 2.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/14/2013, 8:53 PM

Barack Obama
Barack Obama
AFP

U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 Thursday that he has no plan for pardoning Jonathan Pollard soon.

"This is an individual who committed a very serious crime," he told Channel 2's Yonit Levy. "He has been serving his time. There is a justice system that allows for periodic review and the way I as president function here is to try and make sure that I am following the basic rules of that review.

"I have no plans for releasing Jonathan Pollard immediately but what I am going to be doing is to make sure that he is accorded the same kinds of review as others. I recognize the emotions involved in this. One of the strengths of the Israeli people is that you think about your people wherever they are.

"As president my first obligation is to observe the law here in the US. I need to make sure that every individual is treated fairly and equally."