Convicted U.S. Spy Pollard Arrives in Israel

Jerusalem – According to Israeli media, Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in a US prison for spying on Israel, landed in the country with his wife.

The US Department of Justice announced in November that Pollard had completed his parole and paved the way for migration to Israel. Pollard says it was his dream to move to the countryside.

Pollard, which looks like a private flight with his wife Esther, arrived early Wednesday. His arrival was first reported by Israel Hayom, a newspaper closely associated with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Newspaper editor Boaz Bismuth tweeted. “Welcome back, Jonathan Pollard! I’ve been in this profession since 1983 and this is the most exciting professional night I’ve ever had.”

Pollard, a US Navy private intelligence analyst, sold military secrets to Israel while working for the Pentagon in the 1980s. He was arrested and pleaded guilty in 1985 after an attempted asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington but failed. The espionage case embarrassed Israel and damaged relations with the United States for years.

Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment, and the Pentagon and intelligence officials have consistently opposed Pollard’s release. However, after serving 30 years in federal prison, he was released on November 20, 2015 and placed on a five-year parole period ending in November.

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Convicted U.S. Spy Pollard Arrives in Israel

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