Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin will ask President Clinton to pardon convicted spy Jonathan Pollard when he visits the United States next month, an Israeli television station said Sunday.
Rabin believes Pollard is unlikely to be granted parole at his hearing in November, the 10th anniversary of his arrest, Channel Two TV reported. Clinton rejected a request by Rabin last year for clemency for Pollard.Government spokesman Uri Dromi refused to confirm or deny the report, saying the issue must be "handled discreetly." Rabin's spokesman, Oded Ben-Ami, also refused to comment. He confirmed Rabin would travel to the United States in early May.
Pollard, arrested in 1985, is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. The former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst has admitted giving Israel thousands of documents containing information on Arab countries.