Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel, leaves a New York courthouse following his release from prison early on Friday after 30 years on November 20, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:00 PM PT – Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a call to a former spy to tell him he should move to the Middle Eastern country.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu released footage from his call with Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s. This came after the Department of Justice announced Pollard completed his parole over the weekend.
Pollard was arrested in 1985 for selling military secrets to Israel while working for the U.S. Navy at the Pentagon.
“You should feel comfortable,” Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu said during the phone call. “You should have now a comfortable life where you can pursue… your interests and we can take care of Esther in the best medical treatment in the world.”
It is not known when Pollard will be able to move to Israel as his wife, Esther, is currently undergoing cancer treatment at a New York hospital.