Richmond Times-Dispatch

Israel ready to bring in spy who served 35 years in U.S.


JERUSALEM— Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminNe­tanyahu on Tuesday phoned Jonathan Pollard, the formerU.S. Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s, telling him: “We’rewaiting for you.”

The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday that Pollard had completed his parole, clearing the way for him to move to Israel 35 years after he was arrested.

Pollard, a civilian intelligen­ce analyst for the Navy, sold military secrets to Israel while working at the Pentagon in the 1980s. He was arrested in 1985 after trying unsuccessf­ully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington and pleaded guilty. The espionage affair embarrasse­d Israel and tarnished its relations with the United States for years.

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