Pollard Prison Term May be Lifted
December 17, 1997 - Associated Press
For more than a dozen years, Jonathan Pollard has been cooling his heels
in a federal prison, convicted of spying for Israel while working as a
U.S. Navy analyst. Now, there is speculation that his life prison term
may be lifted.
The Israeli government had earlier denied that it sanctioned Pollard's
actions. But that position is changing. An Israeli cabinet Minister
(Communications Minister Limor Livnat) visited Pollard today for about
an hour at his North Carolina prison,but didn't speculate on a timetable
for his release.
The minster did say, however, that the government now accepts Pollard's
role as a spy. Pollard has also changed by apologising for his
actions, something that has always stood in the way of a pardon.
A letter from the Israeli Labor Minister (Eli Yishai) says Pollard
deserves the right of pardon and the right to immigrate to his homeland.