1. Talking Points

    U.S., Israel Discuss Spy Release

    An Israeli right-wing demonstrstor holds a picture of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed for life in 1987 on charges of spying on the United States, during a demonstration in Jerusalem on May 12, 2008. Pollard is a convicted Israeli spy and a former United States Naval civilian intelligence analyst who received a life sentence in the mid 1980s. The Israeli government has made several requests for Pollard's release, all of them declined by US authorities.  AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    U.S. officials said Monday that they are in talks with Israel on the release of Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former intelligence officer who is serving a life sentence for spying on behalf of Israel. The Americans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the discussion was part of an attempt to move the Middle East peace talks forward. Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Perez have called for the release of Pollard, who many Israelis argue has already served more time in prison than most Americans convicted. Two former Secretaries of State, George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, and a former director of the CIA, R. James Woolsey, have also called for his release.

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