` Israeli Official has Confirmed a Deal to Secure Release of `Jonathan Pollard ‘ in Exchange for 400 Palestinian Arab-Terrorists ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – April 02 – An Israeli official has confirmed to Arutz Sheva that a deal to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release over the next two weeks has crystallized, in a bid to exchange him with over 400 Palestinian Arab terrorists – arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti among them.

While both the US and Israel have now admitted that Pollard’s release is on the table, the State of Israel itself has not officially announced that it is accepting the proposal. If true, however, Pollard would be released just prior to the Pesach (Passover) holiday – the Jewish holiday of freedom and redemption.

The exchange will also include a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, as well as Jerusalem, according to the source.

“It won’t be a complete freeze,” the source stated. “Tenders and projects already being built will continue, as well as government and public buildings in Jerusalem.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly refused to a full construction freeze, and will only halt construction for government buildings in Judea and Samaria. According to Channel 2, he is in the midst of updating senior ministers on the status of the deal.

IDF Radio reports Tuesday afternoon that there is an additional concession: both sides must remain in peace talks well into 2015.

Ace Related News: WASHINGTON – April 01 – United States President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday (DS) http://wp.me/p165ui-4Co

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` Barack Obama has not made Decision to Release the `Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard '

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – April 01 – United States President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday (DS)

“Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage and he is serving his sentence,” Carney said.

“I don’t have any other update to provide you on Mr. Pollard’s status.

There are obviously a lot of things happening in that arena and I am not going to get ahead of discussions that are under way,” he said.

Jerusalem, Israel — April 9, 2012 …. The following was communicated by the Office of the President of Israel to the Israel News Agency.

Israel President Shimon Peres at his Jerusalem Residence, met with Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard, the leaders of the Knesset lobby for the release of Jonathan Pollard, MK Uri Ariel and MK Ronit Tirosh, and Effie Lahav, head of the Committee to Free Pollard.

At the beginning of the meeting, Israel President Peres told Esther Pollard: “I am very disturbed and worried by the latest reports on Jonathan’s health.”

Peres continued: “It is my duty as President of Israel to be an emissary and use all means at my disposal vis-à-vis the American administration to expedite Jonathan’s release. I intend to work quickly, taking into account the most serious considerations, and to appeal to President Obama and request that, in light of his severe health situation and after having sat for many long years in an American prison, he positively consider releasing Jonathan Pollard from prison.

As a president, who personally signs pardons for prisoners in Israel, one of the main considerations in my decision is the health of the prisoner and this would be one of the main justifications that I will pass on to President Obama since this is a serious humanitarian and moral consideration given the severe state of his health.”

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