The Last 7 Days in Israel

Rabbi Ben Packer - - November 25, 2020

Jonathan Pollard is Free!

The big news in Israel this week is the freedom of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. Of course, I'm not going to write all the details of the case here. You can find those online. Just keep in mind that, unlike in this news update, there is a lot of fake news out there, so be careful what you read and believe.

After serving 30 years in prison and enduring another five years of severe parole restrictions, the U.S. government decided not to further extend Pollard's parole, making him a free man and allowing him to leave New York City and even to make aliyah to Israel, which he is expected to do.

Pollard's wife, Esther, is currently receiving medical treatment in the U.S. for cancer and the couple has indicated that once she is well enough to travel, they will be coming to Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu recently spoke to the Pollards by phone and encouraged them to come to Israel as soon as possible.

Here's how support for Pollard breaks down demographically:

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