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Israeli President Shimon Peres heads to Washington to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom as Israelis demand he bring back Jonathan Pollard

By Mason White 4:02 PM June 8, 2014
Petition demanding the release of Jonathan Pollard 

By: Aryeh Savir
Israelis have launched a petition asking Israeli President Shimon Peres, to bring back Jonathan Pollard, as he prepares to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Peres has departed for a special visit to the U.S., as part of the celebrations marking the end of his presidency.

Peres is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, during which Peres will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Signed by “the Citizens of Israel,” a petition has been launched requesting that Peres take this opportunity and devote his final presidential visit to the U.S. to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard.

“We the Citizens of Israel appreciate your efforts to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard, and feel that you have been a significant factor in the decision of President Obama, who stated that it is now possible to free Pollard. At this time, when the diplomatic process is not on the agenda, we ask that you become our advocate and that you bring to bear the full weight of your influence in the U.S., so that justice and compassion may prevail and Jonathan will be released without any further delay,” the petition reads.

“Mr. President, we appreciate your declaration made last December that you intend to devote the rest of your time in office to securing the release of Jonathan Pollard, who has served nearly 29 years in a U.S. prison for his service on behalf of the State of Israel. For this reason, we ask that you devote your upcoming trip to the United States to secure his release,” the petition concludes.

“We believe that there would be nothing more noble and just, than to use this unique opportunity to save a life,” a person who signed the petition, commented.

Over 25,000 have signed the petition, and the organizers hope for at least 30,000 signatures.