In a preliminary Supreme Court appeal hearing on Thursday, Anat Kam's defense attorney argued that his client was "no risk" and that her prison sentence, due to start on Sunday, should be postponed pending the appeal process. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on the matter later on Thursday, and the full appeal will be heard before a panel of three justices at a later date.
Kam was convicted in February under a plea bargain, under which she had pleaded guilty to gathering and storing classified military documents during her mandatory army service and transferring them to Uri Blau, a political affairs reporter for Hebrew daily Haaretz
.The plea bargain Kam signed did not include a deal over sentencing but - significantly - dropped two far more severe charges of deliberately intending to harm state security, an offense which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Now she is appealing against her four-and-a-half year prison sentence, which she says is ''too harsh."