GAZA, Dec. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- The United States is
considering the possibility of releasing a Jewish spy in return for the release
of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, Israeli media reported Monday.
The website of Israeli Ha'aretz daily said the idea of exchanging Jonathan Pollard for Barghouti came after
international requests to release Barghouti to race in the Palestinian
legislative elections due on Jan. 25, 2006.
Barghouti, 46, is serving five life sentences in an
Israeli prison after he was arrested in 2002 during the Israeli Defensive Shield
operation in the West Bank.
The jailed Fatah leader won an overwhelming victory
in the latest Fatah primaries last month, which prompted several Israeli
political and security leaders to mull over his release.
Pollard, an American Jewish citizen, has been imprisoned
in the United States since 25 years ago under a life sentence for spying for
Washington has rejected some Israeli and Jewish
attempts to release him. Enditem