Netanyahu asks Trump to allow Jonathan Pollard to come to Israel

The Israeli Prime Minister promised that the convicted Israeli spy would be placed under the same parole restrictions if he were to come to Israel. Pollard was released from prison two years ago after serving 30 years of a life sentence.
Jonathan Pollard Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked US President Donald Trump to allow Jonathan Pollard to come to Israel, two years after the former US Navy intelligence officer ended his 30-year jail term for spying for Israel.

Netanyahu promised Trump that Pollard would be placed under the exact same parole restrictions in Israel, which include being confined to his home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., wearing a GPS monitoring device at all times and refraining from speaking with the media.

Though the Trump administration has yet to unveil its Middle East peace plan, the US has already asked Israel to take certain steps that can lay the foundation for future talks. On Sunday, Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to discuss a series of economic gestures.

A US official stated that the issue of Pollard's release to Israel is unrelated to Washington's peace plan.



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