Daily Israel Report

White House: No Plans to Free Pollard

State Department stops short of clearly denying report that it offered Israel a deal in which Pollard will be freed.
By Hezki Ezra
First Publish: 3/26/2014, 11:29 AM

John Kerry
John Kerry
Reuters

The White House reacted Wednesday to reports that it has offered Israel a deal, in which Jonathan Pollard would go free in exchange for the release of terrorist murderers in the fourth tranche of the releases being carried out by Israel as a “gesture” toward the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The reports say that the US also wants Israel to commit to continue negotiaions with the PA.

"There are no plans to release Jonathan Pollard at the moment,” said State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage against the United States – a very serious crime. He was sentenced to life and is currently serving his sentence.”

Psaki stopped short of clearly denying the reports that it had offered Israel a deal in which Pollard will be freed.