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Jerusalem bus banner calls for Bush to release Israeli spy
A banner on an Israeli bus encourages US President George W. Bush to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in Jerusalem, on January 3, 2008. The banner also encourages the release of two kidnapped Israeli soldiers from Hamas and Hezbollah. President Bush is scheduled to arrive in Israel on January 9 for a three day visit to Israel and the West Bank. Pictured with Bush, are Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (R). (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)
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Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954 in Galveston, Texas) is a former civilian intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel. He received a life sentence in 1987.

Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, while publicly denying, until 1998, that he was an Israeli spy. Israeli activist groups, as well as high-profile Israeli politicians, have lobbied for his release. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced particularly strong support for Pollard, visiting the convicted spy in prison in 2002.

Pollard's case was later linked to that of Ben-Ami Kadish, another U.S. national who pleaded guilty to charges of passing classified information to Israel in the same period.

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