Obama: I Don’t Plan to Release Pollard

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obama1Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on Israeli TV.

Just days before he is to arrive in Israel for his first presidential visit, Obama told Israel’s Channel 2 TV that while he still prefers diplomacy over force, but that a nuclear Iran is a “red line” and all options remain on the table to stop it.

“Right now, we think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close,” he said. “So when I’m consulting with Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu) as I have over the last several years on this issue, my message to him will be the same as before: ‘If we can resolve it diplomatically that is a more lasting solution. But if not I continue to keep all options on the table.'”

In the interview, Obama also spoke about his relationship with Bibi Netanyahu – claiming it is not as tense as reported – and encouraged Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks. He also said he had no immediate plans to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, whom Israel has been pressuring to set free after 28 years in prison for spying for them.

Obama arrives in Israel Wednesday for a three-day visit that is seem primarily as a means to convey the closeness of the U.S.-Israel alliance. Read the full report here.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}

17 COMMENTS

  1. Why are jews always treated in such a harsh insensitive manner??

    After 27 years with an illness, yet there is no feeling of compassion or the slightest indication of relaese.

    Behind closed doors in extreme privacy prior to his trip could Secretary Jack Lew , Senator Chuck Schumer, Joseph Lieberman, Democratic Honcho Wasserman plead with the president to release Pollard.

    It appers the answer is NO!!!

  2. Mr. obama if you dont reles palerd i will pich
    you out of office you now Ramney should have
    won office you are nothing but lier

  3. That is the most retarded comment I ever read.how did you allow this on your amazing website;regarding Pollard, yes he did commit acrime but MR. president 28 years is more then he deserves.Please we are begging he cant live in jail anymore the time has come.release him now.

  4. That is the most retarded comment I ever read.how did you allow this on your amazing website;regarding Pollard, yes he did commit acrime but MR. president 28 years is more then he deserves.Please we are begging he cant live in jail anymore the time has come.release him now.

  5. Mr. obama if you dont reles palerd i will pich
    you out of office you now Ramney should have
    won office you are nothing but lier

    And you are nothing but an illiterate. How you qualify as a member of ?? ???? will always remain a mystery.

    Yet another American who cannot write a simple sentence in his own language.

  6. Obama’s exact quote:

    “He committed a very serious crime in the United States. There is a justice system allowing for periodic review and allow his release. The way that I function here as president is to follow the basic review process regarding his release. I do not plan to release him in the near future.

    He like every other American that was sentenced must be accorded the same type of review and equities that he is entitled to.”

    The “basic review processes” to which the President refers are parole, clemency, and pardon. Pollard is eligible for parole, which does not require any action by the President to release him. However, he has never applied. There are review processes for clemency and pardon, which require the convict to apply. Pollard hasn’t done that, either.

    I think some of the pro-Pollard folks are giving him really bad advice. Fill out the forms to apply!

  7. hmm so we can release hundreds of people who are illegal and a danger to our society but not pollard….showing r true colors again arent we?

  8. “Va’yichazeik Hashem ess layv paroh”…..History repeats itself. Come to think of it, Obama might even be related.

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