Some 35 years after his arrest and conviction for spying for Israel, Texas-born Jew Jonathan Pollard has made aliyah to Israel with the intention of staying — where he is considered a ‘hero’ rather than a criminal who betrayed America’s military secrets to a foreign — and hostile — nation:
Pollard and his wife Esther arrived on a private plane provided by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson and were greeted at the airport by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Jerusalem Post reported. The Pollards kissed the ground upon arrival.
A former civilian analyst for the Navy, Pollard was arrested in 1985 outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C, where he tried to obtain asylum as counterintelligence agents were closing in on him for spying. The embassy turned Pollard and his then wife Anne away.
Pollard pleaded guilty to passing classified information and was sentenced to life in prison — the only American ever given that sentence for spying for an ally.
Pollard was paroled in 2015. In November, parole restrictions that had restricted his movements were lifted.
Netanyahu said two prayers with the Pollards: Shehecheyanu, the blessing traditionally recited to mark special occasions, and matir asurim, a blessing praising God as the liberator of captives.
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Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954) is a former intelligence analyst for the United States government. In 1987, as part of a plea agreement, Pollard pleaded guilty to spying for and providing top-secret classified information to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison for violations of the Espionage Act.
Pollard is the only American who has received a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally of the U.S. In defense of his actions, Pollard declared that he committed espionage only because “the American intelligence establishment collectively endangered Israel’s security by withholding crucial information”. Israeli officials, U.S.-Israeli activist groups, and some U.S. politicians who saw his punishment as unfair lobbied continually for reduction or commutation of his sentence. The Israeli government acknowledged a portion of its role in Pollard’s espionage in 1987, and issued a formal apology to the U.S., but did not admit to paying him until 1998. Over the course of his imprisonment, Israel made repeated unsuccessful attempts through both official and unofficial channels to secure his release. He was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995.
This sign reads “We Want Pollard Home”.
- Yosef Amit (born 1945), an Israeli convicted in 1987 for spying on Israel for the United States.
- Ben-Ami Kadish (1923–2012), former U.S. Army mechanical engineer, who admitted passing classified U.S. documents to Israel in the 1980s.
- Steven John Lalas (born 1953), former State Department communications officer, sentenced to 14 years in prison for passing sensitive military and diplomatic information to Greece.
- Israel Beer (1912–1966) was an Austrian-born Israeli citizen convicted of espionage for the former Soviet Union.
- Marcus Klingberg (1918–2015), was an Israeli scientist and the highest ranking Soviet spy ever caught in Israel
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Portrait of Jonathan Pollard spray-painted on corrugated shutter of a stall at the Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem, Israel.
Sheldon Gary Adelson (/ˈædəlsən/; born August 4, 1933) is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist and political donor. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited, which operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. He owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom, the Israeli weekly newspaper Makor Rishon, and the American daily newspaper the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Adelson, a philanthropist and donor to a variety of causes, created the Adelson Foundation in 2007 at the behest of his wife, Miriam. He made the largest single donation to any U.S. presidential inauguration when he gave the Trump inaugural committee US$5 million.
As of September 2020, Adelson was listed by Forbes as having a fortune of US$33.5billion, making him the 28th-richest person in the world and 17th in Forbes 400. He is a major contributor to Republican Party candidates.