Pollard’s Wife Says Her Husband’s Health is Unstable, Plans for Obama’s Visit
Esther Pollard, the wife of imprisoned Jewish spy Jonathan Pollard, said after visiting her husband that his medical condition was not stable.
On Wednesday, Esther returned home to Israel after visiting Jonathan at a federal prison in North Carolina. She now plans to meet with a number of Israeli politicians—including Yair Lapid, Shelly Yachimovich, Tzipi Livni and Zehava Gal-On—and is preparing with the Committee to Free Jonathan Pollard to advocate for her husband’s freedom during President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the Jewish state, Israel Hayom reported.
In December, it was reported that Jonathan Pollard was hospitalized after collapsing in prison. Pollard, 58, was arrested by U.S. authorities in 1985 over spying for Israel and later received a life sentence—making him the only person in U.S. history to receive a sentence of that magnitude for spying for an American ally, which has led his advocates in Congress and elsewhere to call his punishment disproportionate to the crime. He will be eligible for parole in 2015.