Hebrew media expected that the Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard, who is being held in the United States, will be able to travel to Tel Aviv, starting today, Friday.
The official Hebrew Kan channel stated that Pollard, who was released 5 years ago, is expected to be able to travel and return to Israel, starting Friday.
Pollard spent 30 years in US prisons, accused of spying on the United States, and using his position as a civilian intelligence analyst in the US Navy, to leak information for the benefit of Israel, according to the channel.
Since his release, Pollard has been subjected to severe restrictions on his movement. A GPS tracking device was attached to his body, he was not allowed to leave New York, he was forced not to leave his home at night, and he was prevented from leaving the United States.
The channel indicated, that it appears that Pollard is able to immigrate to Israel, according to the protocol in American law, the restrictions imposed on him will be null and void for 5 years after the date of his release on November 20, 2015.
She explained that despite Pollard’s strong desire to return to Israel, since he was in prison, there are reservations about his release. The most important of them is that there are US intelligence officials who hold a grudge against him. Because of the whole espionage story, they may be opposed to agreeing to deport him.
Pollard, a former civilian intelligence analyst in the US Navy, was arrested on charges of spying for Israel, and sentenced to prison in 1986.
Since then, US presidents have refused to release him despite persistent Israeli calls for his release.