Stars and Stripes 30 Dec, 2020 14:30 am

Convicted US spy who sold military secrets arrives in Israel

Convicted US spy who sold military secrets arrives in Israel
Jonathan Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, sold military secrets to Israel while working at the Pentagon in the 1980s. The espionage affair embarrassed Israel and tarnished its relations with the United States for years.

prison for spying for Israel, arrived in Israel early Wednesday with his wife, triumphantly kissing the ground as he exited the aircraft in the culmination of a decades-long affair that had long strained relations between the two close allies.“The fact that Esther and Jonathan arrived here in Israel excites us very much,” he told the Army radio station.Pollard has said it was his dream to move to the country.” “We are ecstatic to be home at last,” said Pollard.

Effi Lahav, head of an activist group that had campaigned for Pollard's release from prison, said Pollard had been flown on a “top secret” mission overnight.Pollard was welcomed at Israel's international airport by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who presented him and his wife Esther with Israeli ID cards granting them citizenship.

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