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Israel pushing for Pollard to come to Israel after release

FILE - In this May 15, 1998, file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Lawyers for the convicted spy Pollard say the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November 2015. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, has served 30 years for spying for Israel. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s deputy foreign minister says Israel is making “very great efforts” to lobby for spy Jonathan Pollard to be granted permission to travel to Israel after his upcoming release in November.

Tsipi Hotovely told Israeli Army Radio on Wednesday that Israel has a moral responsibility to push for Pollard to come to Israel. Pollard received Israeli citizenship in prison.

Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was arrested in 1985 and sentenced to life imprisonment for passing classified documents to Israel. The U.S. granted him parole from his life sentence and set his release for Nov. 21.

It is unclear whether the conditions of Pollard’s parole will restrict him from traveling abroad. Israeli media reported that Pollard would not be able to travel abroad for five years after his release.

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