Sir, of course it is not a nice thing to stay in prison for so long a time, however spying for another country on secret military items, in other countries, it could have resulted in a death sentence. The other aspect is, he did not do it for Israel, however for money and there the question arises, for which other countries did he spy. If I would be the big CIA boss I would tell the President: I will resign if he can go to Israel and become a colonel as the latest info. says. In the end I don't know whether it is really wise for Mr. Peres and Mr. Netanyahu to upset the US President and the CIA community with the Pollard case.
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from the article: White House rejects President Peres’ plea to release Pollard