Russian spies were exchanged for American spies - quid pro quo and all that. Netanyahu wants Pollard, yet is reluctant to offer anything tangible in return. It is standard unwritten practice to exchange spies between countries, otherwise they rot in jails or are executed for spying. And spying carries death sentence everywhere. To conclude, if Netanyahu wants this man, he should offer something in return, but therein lies the problem: every Israeli government expects the U.S. to provide them with everything and get nothing in return.
Merkel says would welcome constructive Iranian role in any Syria talk (Reuters)
from the article: Netanyahu makes official request to Obama: Free Pollard