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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Jonathan Pollard’s wife, Esther, on Tuesday evening, July 28. Netanyahu called her, following the news that an American parole board had unanimously approved the release from prison of Jonathan Pollard this November.

Netanyahu said: “After decades of effort, Jonathan Pollard will finally be released. Throughout his time in prison, I consistently raised the issue of his release in my meetings and conversations with the leadership of successive U.S. administrations. We are looking forward to his release.”


Pollard, a former U.S. intelligence analyst, had been serving a life sentence for spying on behalf of Israel. He was imprisoned in 1985. He is scheduled to be released this November 21.

Pollard was eligible for mandatory parole after serving thirty years in prison. As of this fall, he has completed those thirty years.


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