Published On: Fri, Nov 20th, 2015

Netanyahu on Pollard release: May this Sabbath bring him much joy and peace

The American convicted of spying for Israel was released from prison on Friday with little fanfare; Netanyahu: 'I have dreamt of this day, Jonathan is finally reunited with his family.'


Pollard was released on parole Friday, from the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, after 30 years in prison, for passing classified information to Israel.

Pollard, 61, will be subject to various restrictions. These include bans on leaving the United States for five years, giving interviews to the media or surfing the Internet. He still has to check in regularly with a parole officer for a year and can be returned to prison for poor behavior.

“The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard, ” Prime Minister Benjamin said on Friday following the Israeli spy’s release, “As someone who raised Jonathan’s case for years with successive American presidents, I had long hoped this day would come. After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan has been reunited with his family. May this Sabbath bring him much joy and peace that will continue in the years and decades ahead, ” Netanyahu said.

President Rivlin said: “We all offer blessings at the release of Jonathan Pollard. Throughout the years,  we have felt Jonathan’s pain, and felt responsible and obliged to see bring about his release, ” said Rivlin, “We congratulate Jonathan and his family today on their reunification, and pray they will have many years of happiness, health, and harmony.”



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