Prime Minister Netanyahu.(Ronen Zvulun/AFP/Getty Images)

As promised, Prime Minister Netanyahu has sent a letter to President Obama formally requesting the release of Jonathan Pollard, the American (and honorary Israeli citizen) convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced to life imprisonment. This marks the first time Israel has ever officially asked for this. The U.S. isn’t commenting.

In November in Tablet Magazine, Gil Troy argued for releasing Pollard on the grounds that the time he has already served more than fits his crime. A few dozen Democratic congressmen, former U.S. diplomats, and others have agitated for Pollard’s release in the past several months.

Netanyahu Makes Official Request for U.S. to Free Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard [Haaretz]
Related: National Insecurity [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: Bibi to Formally Ask for Pollard’s Freedom