A spy who received a life sentence in the United States was allowed to fly to Israel

Spy Jonathan Pollard (Jonathan Pollard), sentenced to life imprisonment in the U.S., can now go to Israel after parole.

A former scout, who was once sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole under the Espy Act, is released from prison and can return to Israel. A former analyst of naval intelligence, convicted of selling thousands of documents to Israel, was the only American in history who received a life sentence for spying for the benefit of an ally.

Pollard was released from prison, having served more than 30 years. The U.S. Parole Board said on Friday that after five years of parole, Pollard’s supervision ceased, and he no longer falls under restrictions and may leave the United States.

In the midst of the Cold War, Pollard spent over a year using his position as a U.S. Naval Intelligence analyst to send thousands of top-secret documents to Israeli spies, which he generously paid. In 1987, Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment; his then wife Anne was sentenced to five years in prison as an accomplice.

Later in an interview from his imprisonment he confessed that he helped the Israelis because his family had suffered from the Holocaust, and “the U.S. government in the 40s abandoned the Jewish people to the fate of Europe. He also believed that Kaspar Weinberger, then defense minister, had neglected his obligations to Israel.