Pollard is granted parole after serving 30 years of a life sentence for spying for Israel. He is due to be released Nov. 21. Lawyer:
Mr. Pollard is looking forward to being reunited with his beloved wife Esther. Mr. Pollard would like to thank the many thousands of well-wishers in the United States, in Israel, and throughout the world, who provided grass roots support by attending rallies, sending letters, making phone calls to elected officials, and saying prayers for his welfare. He is deeply appreciative of every gesture, large or small. We look forward to seeing our client on the outside in less than four months.
Marshall, a friend of Pollard’s and co-graduate from Stanford, says that Pollard bragged about working for Israeli Intelligence, although his claims seemed contradictory. Pollard claimed frequently to be a colonel in the Israeli military and to have worked for Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency. However, while still in college, Pollard also said he was a captain in the Mossad.
That discrepancy indicated he wasn’t telling the truth all the time. [He] was unusually well-informed and quite articulate and made what might otherwise have been an outlandish series of claims quite convincing.
Marshall says he concluded at the time that Mr. Pollard might indeed have some connections with Israeli intelligence but that he probably had ”embroidered” his role. He also says Pollard was ”a committed Zionist, but fairly liberal” on certain questions of Middle East politics.
He described himself as part of an Israeli officers’ group that favored more open channels of communication with Egypt.
Jonathan Jay Pollard is born in Galvaston, Texas to Jewish parents. He has two older siblings. When he is seven years old, his family moved to South Bend, Indiana when his father, a renowned microbiologist is hired to teach at Notre Dame. As he grew up, Pollards parents instill a strong love for the State of Israel. He went to a Hebrew Day School and Stanford University. Pollard is bullied a great deal as a child for being Jewish and for his connection to Israel.
I grew up with a racial obligation to Israel. I got beaten up, but at least I knew the Israelis would beat up a couple Arab countries and maybe I would feel better.