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70 Knesset Members Urge Reagan to Pardon the Pollard Couple

More than half of the Knesset has asked President Reagan to pardon Jonathan Jay Pollard and his wife, Anne Henderson Pollard, now serving prison terms for spying in the United States on behalf of Israel.

A petition urging a presidential pardon was signed by 70 Knesset members representing 10 parliamentary factions of all political complexions. It was presented Friday to U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering for transmission to the president.

Jonathan Pollard is serving a life sentence and his wife is serving two concurrent five-year sentences as an accessory to the espionage activities. She reportedly is seriously ill.