July 28, 1996 |
Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned more than 10 years ago for spying for Israel, will remain behind bars after President Clinton rejected his plea for clemency. Pollard's wife, Esther, declared in Israel that she would stage a hunger strike "until death" for his release. She accused Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, of failing to fight hard enough for her husband's freedom. Clinton's decision was a blow to Israeli and U.S.
July 27, 1996 |
President Clinton rejected a clemency plea from convicted spy Jonathan Pollard on Friday, citing the enormity of his crime, his lack of remorse and the damage he caused to U.S. security. The decision was a blow to Israeli and American Jewish groups, which had campaigned for his release from a life sentence. Pollard has served more than 10 years.
January 31, 1996 |
News of a Pentagon memo warning that Israel might be using American Jews to spy on military contractors comes at a bad time for the Israeli government's quiet efforts to win the release of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who spied for Israel. The internal memo, asserting that Israel was trying to steal U.S. military and industrial secrets by exploiting "strong ethnic ties" in the United States, raises anew the specter of American Jews with a dual loyalty.
January 30, 1996 |
A Defense Department security office issued a confidential warning to many military contractors in October that the Israeli government was "aggressively" trying to steal U.S. military and intelligence secrets, by trading in part on its "strong ethnic ties" to the United States to recruit spies. The warning was circulated by the Defense Investigative Service with a memo noting similar intelligence "threats" from other close U.S. allies.
January 24, 1996 |
Israel will grant citizenship today to Jonathan Pollard, the American Jew serving a life sentence in the United States for spying for the Jewish state. Pollard was arrested outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington in 1985 and convicted of espionage in 1986. He admitted giving Israel information on its Arab enemies. Pollard sought Israeli citizenship in the hope it would bolster any Israeli request for clemency. But U.S. officials have said Israeli citizenship would not affect Pollard's case.
October 24, 1995 |
Jonathan Pollard, serving a life term in a U.S. prison for his work as an Israeli spy, has appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court for citizenship, his lawyer said Monday. Pollard, arrested in 1985, applied for Israeli citizenship this year in the hope that it could improve his chances for parole. But the government turned down his request, saying Israel does not normally grant citizenship to Jews until they immigrate.
September 11, 1995 |
The government denied a citizenship request by American Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted nine years ago of spying on the United States for Israel, the news agency Itim said. The agency said Interior Minister Ehud Barak wrote to Pollard's lawyer saying he had concluded that a law allowing him to grant citizenship to a resident of another country is not applicable in this case. In March, President Clinton denied a request for a pardon by Pollard.
April 6, 1995 |
Israel launched what is widely believed to be its first spy satellite, and within hours the orbiter was transmitting pictures sharp enough to make out license plates on cars in Iraq, officials said. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin hailed the launch of the Ofek-3 as "another great technological achievement for the state of Israel." Rabin did not reveal what the satellite's mission was, but foreign reports have said Ofek-3 would gather information on Israel's Arab neighbors.
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December 30, 1993 |
Jonathan J. Pollard, the former U.S. Navy analyst serving a life prison term for spying for Israel, had missiles on his mind when he wrote a letter to novelist Howard Kaplan in Los Angeles six years ago. But Kaplan, author of "Bullets of Palestine" and two other Middle East spy novels, doesn't know what Pollard wanted to say. The letter was censored. After a reference to a type of Soviet weapon and before a sentence about a joint U.S.