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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel appealed to the United States Sunday to allow imprisoned spy Jonathan Pollard out of jail to attend his father's funeral, Israeli Army Radio reported.

Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, has been serving a life sentence in the United States since he was caught spying for Israel in the 1980s, triggering a scandal that rocked U.S.-Israeli relations.

Israeli media said Pollard's father died in an Indiana hospital Saturday. Army Radio said a top advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent an official request to the White House to allow Pollard out for the funeral.

An Israeli government official, who asked not to be named, said that "such a message has been sent to the White House," but would not give further details.

Pollard, who admitted spying for Israel, was arrested in 1985 and sentenced for providing tens of thousands of pages of classified information to Israel. Netanyahu in January asked U.S. President Barack Obama to grant him clemency.


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I say let him go to the funeral.

heck, let's make it a double!


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Israelis decry US refusal to let spy see dying father

Sun Jun 19, 3:42 pm ET

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Several Israeli leaders on Sunday urged the United States to allow jailed Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard to attend his father's funeral, after he was not granted permission to join him at his bedside before he died.

Several politicians had tried in vain to convince US authorities to allow Pollard, who is serving life imprisonment, to visit his father before his death on Saturday.

"I know that the prime minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) did his best to enable Pollard to see his sick father," Culture Minister Limor Livnat told reporters.

"Unfortunately, there was no response to our requests for Pollard to meet his father before his death," said Science Minister Daniel Hershkowitz.

"I really hope the US administration will demonstrate a minimum of humanity by allowing him to leave prison after 26 years to attend the funeral of his father," he added.

Meanwhile Netanyahu's office sent a message to the White House "about the funeral of Jonathan Pollard's father," a senior official told AFP on condition of anonymity, without giving further details.

Meanwhile dozens of Pollard supporters rallied outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening, carrying placards bearing messages that said: "Free Pollard," an AFP photographer said.

Pollard, a former US Navy analyst, passed thousands of secret documents about American spy activities in the Arab world to Israel between May 1984 and his arrest in November 1985.

He was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995 and was officially recognised by the Jewish state as an Israeli spy in 1998.

Israelis say 56-year-old Pollard's punishment and the long-standing US refusal to reduce his sentence have been particularly harsh, given that he gave information to a friendly nation.

Netanyahu announced in January that he would officially seek Pollard's pardon and release in a letter to Obama.

The White House later confirmed receipt of the request, which it said would be studied before any decision was made.


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:huh: Is it not standard practice to take the prisoner to family funerals under escort?

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I say that the traitor is due to be released next year anyway and he can then go and visit the grave site then.

That's news to me, considering he was sentenced to life in prison.

:huh: Is it not standard practice to take the prisoner to family funerals under escort?

Not high risk or espionage prisoners.


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That's news to me, considering he was sentenced to life in prison.

Not high risk or espionage prisoners.

Google is your friend. Learn to use it sometime.

At the time of Pollard's sentencing there was a rule that mandated parole at thirty years for prisoners like him if they had maintained a clean record in prison. That parole date would be November 21, 2015. Also, Pollard was eligible to apply for parole after eight years and six months, though he has never done so.

And apologize. It is not next year but in 2015. He can visit the grave site at that time.

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Google is your friend. Learn to use it sometime.

At the time of Pollard's sentencing there was a rule that mandated parole at thirty years for prisoners like him if they had maintained a clean record in prison. That parole date would be November 21, 2015. Also, Pollard was eligible to apply for parole after eight years and six months, though he has never done so.

And apologize. It is not next year but in 2015. He can visit the grave site at that time.

Yes, Google is your friend. You should know, that he was sentenced to life, as I stated. He has been eligible for parole since 1995, yet has not applied. There are suggestions that he actually violated the terms of his original deal with the government with an interview. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next 4 years, laws are rewritten to keep him in jail. Fact of the matter is, he is a spy, and he should have been tried for treason, not just espionage.


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Not an issue here--Pollard is imprisoned at Butner, NC and his dad died in Indiana (last time I checked, NC to IN is strictly-domestic travel).

2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

2008/08/22 I-751 biometrics completed

2009/06/18 I-751 approved

2009/07/03 10-year GC received; last 0.5 done!

2009/07/23 Pras files N-400

2009/11/16 My 46TH birthday, Pras N-400 approved

2010/03/18 Pras' swear-in

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