"If President Obama played a role, and I don't have that information, in his release, then I thank the president immensely for this humanitarian gesture and God bless President Obama for doing so."
Boteach said that Pollard had paid his debts and that it is "highly inhuman and unjust to hold him for this ridiculously long time."
He added that the release should be "utterly unrelated" to the Iran deal, which he opposes, and said that the public will not be swayed to support the deal because of the gesture.
"You can't promote the interests of one prisoner to the detriment and possible danger of hundreds of millions of other citizens," he said.
"But if you ask me, do I think it will sway the American Jewish public? I do not."