Israeli Handler: Pollard gave good info

JTA - March 3, 2006

An Israeli intelligence official said Jonathan Pollard gave Israel high-quality information that was important to the country's security. Rafi Eitan, Pollard's Israeli intelligence handler, told Yediot Achronot that Pollard?'s information was so important that Israeli officials did not consider ending the operation, even though the target was the United States. Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison for spying for Israel, recently appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to have his lawyers receive access to classified information he believes can help make his case for clemency.

Eitan said Pollard did not expose American agents in the Soviet Union, and that he believed Pollard would have received a lighter sentence if he were tried today.