Pollards urge public not to protest Obama visit

Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard and his wife Esther called upon the Israeli public on Thursday to show respect to US President Barack Obama during his visit to Israel in two weeks.

"Esther and Jonathan Pollard join the Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home in urging the public to refrain from any action that may impugn the honor of the State of Israel by conveying, even inadvertently, any hint of disrespect or dishonor towards our official distinguished visitor," the Pollards said in a statement. "We call upon the Israeli public to welcome President Obama to our country and to behave at all times with all due respect and honor towards the president of the United States."

The Pollards expressed firm opposition to Likud MK Moshe Feiglin's call for the public to infiltrate Obama's speech at the Jerusalem International Convention Center and walk out when Obama enters the room if he comes to Israel without commuting Pollard's sentence.

Feiglin expressed disappointment that Obama decided not to address the Knesset. Had Obama come to the parliament, Feiglin intended to stage a walkout during his speech to protest the continued incarceration of Pollard, who is in the 28th year of a life sentence.

The official Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home sanctioned by the Pollards prefers to go through official channels, hoping President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can persuade Obama to grant Pollard clemency.


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