(Jerusalem Post) – Hours ahead of a meeting with US President Barack Obama in which President Shimon Peres is expected to make a plea for clemency for jailed Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, White House Spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday threw cold water on the prospects of the request being granted.

“Our position has not changed and will not change today,” Carney told journalists at a daily briefing. “I would simply remind you that Mr.
Pollard was convicted of very serious crimes.”

Speaking to Channel 2 from Washington, Peres said he feels he represents all of Israel by advocating for Pollard’s release but cautioned that he does not want to raise expectations.