Jonathan Pollard’s Mossad handler: I was promised he would be freed

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Former Israeli cabinet minister Rafi Eitan, the ex-Mossad agent who operated Jonathan Pollard in the mid-1980s, told Army Radio on Monday that he handed over incriminating information about Pollard because the U.S. had promised Israel that Pollard would serve no more than 10 years in prison.

Jonathan Pollard. Credit: U.S. Navy.

Pollard, now 59, was arrested by U.S. authorities in 1985 and later convicted of spying for Israel. Nov. 21 will mark the 28th anniversary of his incarceration. He is the only person in U.S. history to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally.

Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) said Monday that the Israeli government should condition any further gestures to the Palestinians, including the release of terrorists, on the U.S. freeing Pollard.

Posted on November 12, 2013 .