Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - The U.S Daily Beast website quoted from the American Administration on Tuesday morning as saying, there are efforts to release the Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for the release of the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners, including prisoners from the pre-1948 Palestine.
It said, “America refused over the years to release Pollard who is serving a life sentence in American prisons, however, US stance has been changed recently in light of the existing risks threatened the Israeli Palestinian settlement process.”
The website quoted a senior official in the U.S Administration as saying, “ U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu are looking in the possibility of releasing Pollard in an attempt to develop an agreement to maintain the negotiations process after the peace talks' deadline specified on April 29.”
Releasing Pollard will give Netanyahu the Israeli society's support to release the fourth batch of prisoners, according to Daily Beast.
The US official added that his administration refused previously this option but the Israeli occupation took a tougher stance, linking Pollard release to the fate of peace negotiations.
Kerry met Netanyahu yesterday evening and he is expected to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today.