It's in Israel's best interest to petition for peace, not America's, and so the US shouldn't be arm-wrestled into releasing Mr. Pollard to keep the peace negotiations open. In fact, they should be concluded by April. IF the United States agrees to release Mr. Pollard in exchange for extending the peace talks, then Israel should also agree to release all of the Palestinian prisoners; to cease building all settlements; and to stop the hostilities that have been occurring at the Al' Aqsa mosque. Has anyone consulted with President Abbas and the Palestinians about this to see what they would prefer?
4 UN peacekeepers injured in Sinai and taken to hospital in south Israel (Haaretz)