Esther Pollard, the wife of imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, pleaded with US President Barack Obama to commute the life sentence of her husband the same day he “pardons” two turkeys, on Wednesday.
The president of the United States uses his presidential right to pardon turkeys every year in a White House ceremony ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. A formal request to commute Pollard’s sentence has been waiting for Obama’s signature since October 2010.
“As President Obama shows compassion and mercy to two lowly barnyard birds again this year, granting them a full pardon and sparing their lives, my hope and prayer is that he will find it in his heart to show compassion and mercy towards Jonathan as well on this very special day,” she said.
“Jonathan is not asking for a full pardon, only for commutation of his sentence to the 28 years he has already served. Presidential clemency is Jonathan’s last hope. Such an act of compassion towards Jonathan (who is so very ill) on Thanksgiving would be deeply meaningful to the American Jewish community, to Israel, and most of all, to Jonathan and me.” Reads more here.