Tel Aviv wants US to release Israel spy.... POLLARD

Israel conditions the extension of a partial freeze on settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands on the freedom of one of Tel Aviv's spies imprisoned in the US.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the US to release the agent, Jonathan Pollard, in exchange for a temporary halt in Tel Aviv's construction of the Jewish settlements, Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post wrote on Sunday.

Tel Aviv refused to renew a partial 10-month moratorium on its September 26 expiration date, breaking off Washington-backed direct talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

A September piece, ran by the prominent British daily The Guardian, quoted Israel's Army Radio as saying that Netanyahu was ready to extend the partial freeze for three months in return for the release.

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