Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in U.S. prison for spying, arrives in Israel
The Israeli leader jubilantly presented Pollard and his wife Esther with Israeli ID cards, granting them citizenship. Netanyahu tweeted photos of Pollard's arrival on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/qGApNuZq8a — Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 30, 2020Pollard arrived on a private plane provided by American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire supporter of both Netanyahu and President Donald Trump. Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst who served 30 years in prison for spying for Israel, and his wife Esther, pose for a picture aboard a private plane flying to Israel on Dec. 30, 2020. His arrival in Israel gives the embattled Netanyahu a welcome boost as he fights for reelection in March 23 parliamentary elections.cbsnews.com
Convicted US spy Pollard arrives in Israel, welcomed by PM
The Israeli leader jubilantly presented Pollard and his wife Esther with Israeli ID cards, granting them citizenship. Pollard, 66, and his wife walked slowly down the steps as they exited from the aircraft. Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, sold military secrets to Israel while working at the Pentagon in the 1980s. Despite the damage he caused to relations with the U.S. over the years, Pollard was warmly embraced by Israel's nationalist politicians. His arrival in Israel gives the embattled Netanyahu a welcome boost as he fights for reelection in March 23 parliamentary elections.
Netanyahu: Convicted spy Pollard expected in Israel soon
In a statement issued Saturday evening, Netanyahu said he had worked for Pollard's release for many years. “The prime minister expects to see Jonathan Pollard in Israel soon, and together with all Israelis, extends his best wishes to him and his wife Esther,” Netanyahu's office said. The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday that Pollard had completed his parole, freeing him to move to Israel. Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, and Netanyahu had tried in the past to bring him to Israel as part of diplomatic negotiations. In his statement, Netanyahu thanked his ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, for conducting talks with the American government.
From the archives: Jonathan Pollard on 60 Minutes
Jonathan Pollard walked out of a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina today, 30 years after his arrest for spying for Israel. In 1987, Pollard was sentenced to life in prison; his then-wife Anne was sentenced to five years as an accessory after the fact. But Joseph diGenova, the former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Pollard, told Wallace that Pollard did far more damage than the public knew. Wallace also interviewed Anne Pollard, who was being held at a federal medical facility in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1994, Jonathan Pollard married a Canadian woman, Elaine Zeitz, now known as Esther Pollard, who had been advocating his release.cbsnews.com
Pollard done with parole in US, free to relocate to Israel
The move will free him to travel to Israel, which his advocates say has long been Pollard's wish. “We are grateful and delighted that our client is finally free of any restrictions, and is now a free man in all respects. Pollard, who was arrested in 1985 after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, was released from prison on parole five years ago. “It’s something we’ve been hoping for many, many years,” Pollard's former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, said in an interview. “It’s overdue and I’m happy for Jonathan that he’s able now to go to Israel, which is what his wish has been.”
Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to be released after 30 years in prison
Israel's justice minister says "30 years of suffering will come to an end" when Pollard is released this fall from an American prison under parole. Pollard was sentenced to life after admitting he gave thousands of classified documents to Israel. Margaret Brennan reports on the next step for the convicted spy.cbsnews.com