Jonathan Pollard, Convicted of Spying for Israel, Released

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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.

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