Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard lands in Israel
31 December 2020 | 11:00 am
Jonathan Pollard, an American jailed in the US in 1985 for spying for Israel, lands in the Jewish state, where he is received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pollard, 66, served 30 years in prison for giving away classified US documents, and had been confined by parole terms to the US since his release in 2015, despite Israeli pressure to allow him to leave. The US Justice Department removed the terms and conditions last month.
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Netanyahu's health crisis comes just as the Israeli parliament is set to vote on the judicial reforms bill.
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