The Israeli Prime Minister is on his way to Washington for his first meeting with the new administration and is expected to discuss easing the restrictions of Jonathan Pollard’s parole, the settlements and a two-state solution.

Pollard on parole

Pollard on parole Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the US for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump. During the meeting, he is expected to ask Trump to ease restrictions of Jonathan Pollard’s parole.

Additionally, the Israeli right-wing expects Netanyahu to raise the settlement issue with Trump and demand a green light from the US leader. According to Netanyahu, his primary focus is addressing the Iran issue, which is an important topic for both Israel and the US. Regarding Pollard, Netanyahu is further expected to request that Pollard be allowed to come to Israel, something he attempted to work out with former President Barack Obama.

Netanyahu headed to Washington to meet with Trump

Netanyahu headed to Washington to meet with Trump Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon, GPO/Channel 2 News

In November 2015, after 30 years in a US prison, the 61-year-old convicted spy was released on restrictive parole conditions and banned from immigrating to Israel. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to committing espionage on Israel’s behalf. However, a parole board granted his early release. He was released a day before scheduled because the initial release date fell on a Saturday.

Before taking off today, as previously reported by JOL, Netanyahu said that he is optimistic about working with the new US President and that he plans to further strengthen the Israel-US alliance.

When asked by a Channel 2 News reporter whether he was still committed to a two-state solution, the Prime Minister refrained from answering the question directly but noted that he will have “very good answers” during the visit itself.