Spying for a Friend: Why Jonathan Pollard Spent 30 Years in US Jail for Selling Secrets to Israel

US citizen Jonathan Pollard, who served 30 years in jail for spying for Israel, has arrived at Ben Gurion airport. He was welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A former navy analyst, Jonathan Pollard, has arrived in israel after emigrating from the United States.

Pollard, a 66-year-old Jewish-American, arrived on Wednesday, 30 December, just before dawn on a private jet owned by billionaire Sheldon Adelson and was whisked away to avoid the glare of publicity.

​Mr Netanyahu said a Hebrew prayer of thanksgiving for the liberation of Pollard, who spent 30 years behind bars and another five years on parole.

Pollard, who was born in Texas, worked as a civilian intelligence analyst at the Navy’s Anti-Terrorist Alert Centre in Maryland but began working for israel in 1984.

He sold sensitive documents to Israel. The exact contents have never been disclosed but on the FBI website it says “the quantity was significant”.

At the time he was assisted by his wife Anne and the couple were arrested on 21 November 1985 outside the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.

Pollard pleaded guilty in 1986 to passing military secrets to Israel and was jailed for life.

Anne was also convicted and spent three years in jail. When she was paroled he divorced her, saying he did not expect her to wait decades for him. She later moved to Israel and he eventually married Esther, who had campaigned for his release.

In November 2015 Anne was interviewed by Israel’s Channel 2 News…

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