By COLlive reporter
Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. intelligence analyst who provided top-secret classified information to Israel, will be released this Friday, November 20, 2015.
The 61-year-old has been serving a life sentence in a federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of espionage on June 4, 1986.
The release, scheduled for next Friday, caps a case that divided public opinion in Israel and America and has been a periodic source of legal and diplomatic wrangling between the two countries.
Under the terms of Pollard’s parole, he will be required to remain in the United States for five years following his release.
Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Pollard’s attorneys called on President Barack Obama to exercise his powers of clemency to waive Pollard’s parole requirements and allow him to move to Israel immediately.
A White House spokesman announced that the president would not intervene.
Pollard’s plans aren’t immediately clear, Fox News reported. His lawyers said after the parole decision in July that he had lined up a job and housing in the New York area.