Obama to rebuff Israel's Peres on clemency for Israeli spy Pollard

ByOlivier Knox
June 13, 2012, 2:38 PM

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President Barack Obama will roll out the red carpet Wednesday for visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres but the White House said he will slam the door on any appeal to commute the life sentence of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

"Our position has not changed, and will not change today," Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing. "Mr Pollard was convicted of extremely serious crimes."

Ahead of Obama's meeting with Peres, an Israeli petition urging Pollard's release and urging Peres to make the case to Obama got its 75,000th signature.

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