What happened to Jonathan Pollard was a tragedy. Pollard is now free to live in Israel, thanks to President Trump. The Jewish people will never see the likes of President Trump again.
“Given the high profile nature of Pollard’s case, it is likely that the Justice Department’s decision required an okay from government higher-ups. In setting the ex-spy free, the Trump administration bestowed yet another gift to Israel, which has lobbied for years for Pollard to be allowed to move to the Jewish state. Previous efforts have met fierce resistance from the US justice and intelligence communities.”
"After 33 yrs of serving a life sentence for spying in the U.S. for Israel, Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard reportedly will go home. The announcement came Friday. He could leave tomorrow. Shabbat shalom," writes our Pres. Charles Kaufman. Read his analysis: https://t.co/DYNGIIf9nW pic.twitter.com/qQYLfPumzV
— B'nai B'rith Int’l (@BnaiBrith) November 21, 2020
US terminates Jonathan Pollard’s parole, ex-spy free to travel to Israel
Five years after being freed from prison, Pollard says he plans to move to Jewish state to care for ailing wife, thanks Israeli envoy Ron Dermer for assistance in effort
By Times of Israel, November 20, 2020
The US Justice Department on Friday declined to extend the parole of Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of spying on America for Israel, and the 66-year-old is now free to travel to the Jewish state.
The decision brings to an end a saga that threatened Israel’s close military cooperation with its main ally and created one of the most serious rifts between Jerusalem and Washington in recent decades.
Given the high profile nature of Pollard’s case, it is likely that the Justice Department’s decision required an okay from government higher-ups. In setting the ex-spy free, the Trump administration bestowed yet another gift to Israel, which has lobbied for years for Pollard to be allowed to move to the Jewish state. Previous efforts have met fierce resistance from the US justice and intelligence communities.
Pollard’s attorneys Jacques Semmelman and Eliot Lauer issued a statement saying the US Parole Commission had notified their client of the termination of the parole that had lasted for five years.
It released him from a raft of severe restrictions, including a ban on his longstanding request to be able to move to Israel.
“Mr. Pollard is no longer subject to a curfew, is no longer prohibited from working for a company that does not have US government monitoring software on its computer systems, is no longer required to wear a wrist monitor that tracks his whereabouts, and is free to travel anywhere, including Israel, for temporary or permanent residence, as he wishes,” the statement said.
Pollard responded to the news by telling reporters he was glad to be able to move to Israel where he will be able to care for his wife who is sick with cancer. He also expressed “appreciation and gratitude” to Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer for his help in bringing about the end to his parole.
Pollard, who served 30 years in prison for providing sensitive intelligence to Israel, made a public appeal to Netanyahu last year and asked him to intervene on his behalf to urge Trump to commute his parole, so he could care for his sick wife.
He told Channel 12 news at the time that Esther Pollard had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer for the third time.
“It’s a matter of life and death, it’s a very human issue, it’s a crisis for my wife and me,” he said.
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