Sources close to the White House told Reuters today that the US is offering the release of Jonathan Pollard in exchange for the fourth batch of terrorists that were set to be released Motzoei Shabbos – and a possible release date has been set for mid-April.
If true, the long-hoped-for freedom of Pollard – who has been held captive in the US on spying charges since 1987 – will fall out around Pesach, which falls on April 15 this year.
The news contradicts reports earlier this week, when the White House restated Wednesday that it has no intentions to free Pollard, after reports suggested the US was offering to release him in order to pressure Israel into going through with the last terrorist release and continuing peace talks. The report today by the Reuters news agency was denied by the White House, which said that “nothing had changed” in its refusal to pardon Pollard.
Read more here.