Parole ended for Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel, freeing him to leave the United States https://t.co/1rqKRYABZN
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 21, 2020
Jonathan Pollard, convicted in 1985 of spying on the U.S. for Israel, was set free yesterday.
Pollard received a life sentence but was released under restrictions in 2015. A five-year probation period for the spy ended yesterday, although it was unclear whether he would be set free and allowed to move to Israel to live with his wife.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have asked President Trump to set Pollard free. Netanyahu released a statement today thanking Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer for handling relations with the U.S. administration “responsibly and with sensitivity,” according the Jerusalem Post.
Pollard’s lawyers said they received a call from the parole commission yesterday confirming that the parole had been terminated and all parole restrictions had been lifted.
Not everyone welcomed the news, however. Some users took to social media to voice their objections to Pollard’s release.
I was in the CIA base in Istanbul when they caught Jonathan Pollard, the most damaging spy in US history. Trump has absolutely no reason to pardon this creep & instead should be arranging to hang him. Let’s see what he does – another favor for Netanyahu?https://t.co/mnJKXdKRhr
— Philip Giraldi (@philipgiraldi) November 14, 2020
I remember the story vividly. He betrayed his country, no doubt about it.
— Nadir-Dziri (@dziri_nadir) November 14, 2020
He is a first class traitor, gave Israel classified intel that they gave to Russia. He is not welcome in the US, his allegiance is with Israel, hope he stays never to return.
— Samuel Pierce (@SamPierce65) November 21, 2020
You’re a disgrace! Pollard is a traitor.
— An American Son 🇺🇸 (@YEW2019) November 21, 2020
Traitor and disgrace to the Navy Uniform!!
— Galactic Emperor Elect – Randy (@KiltedRef) November 21, 2020