Netanyahu states that the “people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard”; Pollard to remain in United States for five years as condition of parole
Convicted American-Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was released from federal prison on Friday after three decades of incarceration. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and was given a life sentence in 1987. He was convicted of spying against the United States and providing intelligence to Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Pollard’s release stating, “The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard. Having repeatedly raised his case with U.S. presidents over the years, I looked forward to this day. After three long, difficult decades, Jonathan is finally reunited with his family. I hope this Sabbath brings him happiness and peace to accompany him as he continues his life.”
As a condition of his parole, Pollard must remain in the United States for five years, reports claiming that Pollard’s lawyers will attempt appeal the time period.