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Obama White House To Deny Clemency For Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard
Hours ahead of a meeting with US President Barack Obama where President Shimon Peres is expected to make a plea for clemency for jailed Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, White House Spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday threw cold water on the prospects of the request being granted.
"Our position has not changed and will not change today," Carney told journalists at a daily briefing. "I would simply remind you that Mr. Pollard was convicted of very serious crimes."
Peres is in Washington to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama at a special White House ceremony later Wednesday.
Also Wednesday, an online petition calling on Peres to do everything possible to bring about Pollard's release passed 75,000 signatures.
The petition drive began three months ago and has attracted support from across Israel and around the world.
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