Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed, Saturday, November 21, the end of the travel ban on Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew imprisoned in the United States in 1985 for spying for the benefit of the Jewish state. He hopes it will happen “in Israel soon”, according to a press release from his cabinet.
On Friday, the US Department of Justice said it had lifted the conditions imposed on the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy analyst who is now 66 years old.
He had pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 1987 to life imprisonment for disclosing secret US documents. After 30 years in prison, he was released on parole in November 2015 with an obligation to wear an electronic bracelet, to respect a curfew and a ban on leaving the United States for five more years, despite Israeli pressure. Jonathan Pollard has regularly expressed his wish to move to Israel, where he obtained nationality in 1995 and where he is seen as a national hero by part of the population.