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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Pollard says Netanyahu-Trump posters prove PM has abandoned me

Pollard says Netanyahu-Trump posters prove PM has abandoned me
Pollard was paroled from prison in November 2015 after serving 30 years of a
life sentence for spying for Israel.
By Yaakov Katz The Jerusalem Post February 5, 2019 22:05
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Pollard-says-Netanyahu-Trump-posters-prove-PM-has-abandoned-me-579795

Pollard says Netanyahu-Trump posters prove PM has abandoned me

“I feel abandoned,” Jonathan Pollard has told close friends this week since
he saw pictures of the posters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US
President Donald Trump go up on billboards across the country.

What happened Tuesday morning made the former Israeli spy – who spent 30
years in maximum prison – even more upset. It was when Trump shared an
Instagram post by Netanyahu showing the poster of the two leaders over the
Ayalon Freeway in Tel Aviv.

If the relationship is so good between Netanyahu and Trump as the posters
suggest, he told friends, then they are also proof that more can be done to
secure American approval for him to board a plane and fly to Israel.

Pollard was paroled from prison in November 2015 after serving 30 years of a
life sentence for spying for Israel. His parole conditions, though, prevent
him from leaving New York State and moving to, or even visiting, Israel.

Pollard used harsh language when speaking to his friends, arguing that he
has been abandoned by the State of Israel in general, and Netanyahu in
particular.

“The only difference between me and the two soldiers being held in the Gaza
Strip is that they are dead and I am alive,” he told his friends. “We have
all been abandoned.”

Pollard said that he recognized the diplomatic sensitivity surrounding his
request to immigrate to Israel. But, he told friends, he was fed up being
told for 30 years that “there is always something more important.”

“I understand that the Iran deal was important and that Jerusalem was
important, but if the relationship is so good then now is the time,” he told
them.

Pollard and his wife, Esther, are suffering from poor health and have dealt
with significant medical challenges over the past year. The couple do not
receive any official assistance from the State of Israel and due to his
parole restrictions, Pollard is barred from working. His parole conditions,
for example, require him to be monitored by a GPS device and for his
computers to be monitored, which his lawyers say has prevented him from
being employed.

“If there is any seriousness to the desire of the prime minister to bring me
home, then what is he waiting for?” Pollard asked his friends.

Traditionally, Netanyahu has claimed that he brings up Pollard during all of
his meetings with US presidents. Pollard told friends that he was hopeful
that the prime minister would use his visit to Washington, DC, in March to
finally secure his release.

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