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Israelis Protest For Jonathan Pollard Release From American Prison
Israelis hold posters calling for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from American prison outside the hotel where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is staying in central Jerusalem, Israel, January 2, 2014. Pollard, 59, a former U.S. intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty to passing national defense information to the Israeli government in 1986 and was sentence to life in prison in 1987. Israeli television reported last week that Kerry has offered to free Pollard, who has served 29 years, as part of an exchange for a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail. The report has not been confirmed. UPI/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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