The probation terms of Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst who served 30 years in prison on charges of spying for Israel, were addressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in a meeting with White House officials, according to Haaretz.
Pollard, who was released in 2015, cannot leave the United States as part of the terms of his probation. In his defense, Pollard said that “the American intelligence establishment collectively endangered Israel’s security by withholding crucial information.”
A request by Pollard last year to overturn the terms of his probation, which include wearing an electronic tracking device and submitting his work computer to monitoring, was rejected by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest.
A source close to Netanyahu cited by Haaretz said it was “agreed that Israeli ambassador [to the United States] Ron Dermer would deal personally with the matter [of Pollard’s probation] vis-à-vis the White House.”
According to Israel National News, Netanyahu discussed Pollard with Vice President Mike Pence. A source close to Netanyahu said the two also discussed “ways to promote the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and they discussed the issue of the fallen IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, whose bodies are being held in Gaza.”
Jonathan Pollard.org, a website defending Pollard, notes that “the information being withheld from Israel included Syrian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities being developed for use against Israel. It also included information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on planned terrorist attacks against Israeli civilian targets.”