2017-11-08 / Mideast

Netanyahu reportedly asks Trump to let Pollard immigrate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has asked President Donald Trump to allow convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard to immigrate to Israel. Netanyahu made the request after agreeing in May to provide economic goodwill gestures to the Palestinians, Israel’s Channel 2 first reported.

The Israeli leader reportedly promised Trump that if Pollard were allowed to immigrate to Israel, he would continue to live under the restrictive parole conditions that a U.S. federal court imposed upon his release from prison after 30 years and upheld on appeal.

The Prime Minister’s Office told Channel 2 that Netanyahu raises the topic of Pollard’s immigration to Israel in every meeting with U.S. government officials.

Pollard, 62, must remain in the United States for five years, despite his desire to move to Israel. (JTA)

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