Pollard Speaks

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Notorious Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard gave a rare interview to Israeli television broadcast Tuesday night.

Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment for espionage against the United States, but was paroled in 2015. However, he is legally prevented from moving to Israel - as he wishes - until 2020.

"If I didn’t believe in Hashem I’d be very depressed right now,” he said, according to the Times of Israel.

An embittered Pollard slammed the Israeli government for failing to advocate for him.

"To be disappointed you have to expect more and my expectation level is so low that I’m not surprised," he said. "The government’s indifference toward getting us home would be crushing if I didn’t know that our faith in Hashem and our love of the land and the people is so strong and it will eventually see us home."

“It’s a question of priorities; there always seems to be something else,” Pollard said of the Israeli government's attitude toward him. “To make me a priority would mean that the government actually cared about me enough to say, ‘This is what we want, he’s done his time, it’s time for him to come home,’ in a forthright manner. And that simply hasn’t been done.”

He wondered “what that suggests as far as the political establishment’s commitment. ... If you don’t care about someone like myself, who spent 30 years in prison on behalf of the land and people of Israel, then how much concern can you actually show or exhibit or feel towards anybody in the country, from our soldiers to our civilians?”

“If you don’t show this kind of commitment to one individual it suggests you don’t really have that kind of commitment to the rest of the people in the land and the country. That’s where the test is. Are you willing to actually fight for one,” he added.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying, “Israel remains committed to returning Jonathan Pollard to Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu has raised the matter many times with the US president and will continue doing so until he is returned.”

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