(Politico) Jimmy Carter weighed in on Friday on whether Jonathan Pollard should be released from prison as part of current Middle East peace talks, saying he would support freedom for the spy if the Israelis were to fully accept the deal from Secretary of State John Kerry.
Carter said in an interview that he would agree to the release of Pollard, the U.S. naval intelligence analyst currently serving a life prison sentence after a 1987 conviction for providing classified information to Israel, only if certain conditions were met.
"If the Israelis would agree to accept John Kerry's proposal, if Pollard was released, I would say yes [to supporting freedom for Pollard]," the former president said. "But I would make it an absolute swap and a certain thing, not just as a factor."
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