Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy intelligence analyst who spent 30 years in prison for spying for Israel, was seen strolling through downtown Jerusalem on Sunday. Pollard landed in Israel on December 30 and immediately entered quarantine per government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions.Pollard and his wife, Esther, were walking down the Ben Yehuda open street mall in Jerusalem and were approached by random people, who recognized the former Israeli agent.
Pollard was detained in 1985 for spying for and providing top-secret intelligence to Israel. He served 30 years of a life sentence before he was paroled in 2015. He is the only American in US history to receive a life sentence for spying for an ally, as well as being the only one to serve more than 10 years in prison for the crime.Under his parole restrictions, Pollard was forced to wear a GPS wrist monitoring device that constantly tracked his location, keeping a curfew that prevented him from leaving his home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., and having his computers monitored. He was not permitted to leave New York, let alone the country.In November, his parole restrictions expired allowing him to immigrate to Israel, which he did at the end of December. The couple flew to Israel on a plane owned by the late casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.