Posted by Gareth Icke Posted on 21 November 2020

Israel spy (there are so many of them) Pollard freed by US after 30 years in prison

Former US navy analyst Jonathan Pollard, jailed for life in 1987 for passing classified information to Israel, has been released.

The 61-year-old was freed on Friday morning, ending one of the longest-running and most contentious issues between the US and Israel.

Mr Pollard’s parole conditions require him to remain in the US for five years.

Repeated Israeli appeals over the years for the US to show clemency towards Mr Pollard were rejected.

Mr Pollard travelled to a federal courthouse in New York on Friday to challenge the conditions of his parole. 

Mr Pollard must wear a GPS ankle bracelet and submit to inspections of his home and work. His legal team calls the terms “onerous and oppressive'”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli people welcomed his release.

“As someone who has raised Jonathan Pollard’s case for many years with US presidents, I have wished for this day.

“After 30 long and hard years, Jonathan Pollard is finally reuniting with his family,” Mr Netanyahu’s spokesperson tweeted.

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