Timeline: Jonathan Pollard's 26th Year in Prison

November 2010

U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) write a letter to President Barack Obama encouraging the commander in chief to grant Pollard clemency. Thirty-nine members of Congress submit a plea of clemency on behalf of Pollard.

January 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu writes Obama to request Pollard’s release.


Pollard denied the right to attend his father’s funeral.


Pollard receives a visit from Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.


·      On the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Frank renews his call for Obama to commute Pollard’s sentence, saying the move “would be a sign of U.S.-Israeli relations that I think would help strengthen the climate for peace.”

·      Pollard is rushed from prison to the hospital for “urgent” but successful surgery.

·      U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is quoted in the New York Times as saying, “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time’ ... If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life.” Biden denies making the comments.

·      Eighteen former U.S. Senators write Obama requesting Pollard’s clemency in a historic bi-partisan letter (http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2011/102611a.htm).

·      In more letters to Obama, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins (http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2011/100411b.htm) and Nigerian pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye (http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2011/101911.pdf) become two unlikely parties to join the call for Pollard’s release.


Pollard begins his 27th year in prison.

Posted on November 21, 2011 and filed under Israel.