6 Adar 5772
One can sense a new momentum (which seems to occur regularly at this time of year) towards freeing Yehonatan Pollard from prison. In recent days, both former Reagan National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane and New York Congressman Bob Turner have publicly called for President Obama to commute Pollard's sentence from "life" to time served.
According to the Official Justice for Jonathan Pollard website, an Israeli Channel Two report claims:
"President Shimon Peres and PM Netanyahu are going to Washington next week and they are expected to ask for the release of Jonathan Pollard, reports Israel's Channel 2 News. Journalist Udi Segal explains that while talks are expected to focus on Iran, this would be a good time for the President to make a humanitarian gesture by freeing Jonathan Pollard."
(See what top US officials have to say about the injustice done to Pollard.)
It is best to pray for Yehonatan Pollard's release every single day, but it is especially critical in the hours prior to the meetings between the Presidents and the Prime Minister. Please request a mishebeirach prayer for Yehonatan ben Malka in your synagogue this Shabbat!
Text of the Chief Rabbi's prayer here. English translation here.
Text of Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ztz"l's Prayer here. English translation here.