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A spokesman for the family of imprisoned spy Jonathan Pollard confirmed he was hospitalized today after losing consciousness, The Jerusalem Post reports.

“Unfortunately, we do not have any further information, but we are hoping and praying since he has been hospitalized in the past in very dangerous circumstances,” Pollard spokesman Effi Lahav told the Post.

Pollard, 60, has experienced several health problems since he began serving a life sentence in 1987 and underwent surgery in March to address issues related to the malfunctioning of his kidneys, gallbladder, and intestines, according to the Post.

A civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, Pollard was arrested in 1985 for providing Israel with thousands of classified documents and is eligible for parole next year.

Earlier this year, it was learned that the Obama administration was engaged in discussions with Israel concerning a possible Pollard release, which marked a substantial break from the policy of previous Republican and Democratic administrations, Politico reported in March.

In exchange for an early release for Pollard, Israel would have be asked to make concessions to the Palestinians, including releasing Palestinian prisoners and extending peace talks.

The White House would not confirm the nature of the talks and reiterated that the president had not reached a decision.

“First of all, the president has not made a decision to release Jonathan Pollard. Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage and he is serving his sentence,” said then-White House press secretary Jay Carney in April.

“There are obviously a lot of things happening in that arena, and Im not going to get ahead of discussions that are underway. What I will tell you is that the president has not made a decision to release Jonathan Pollard,” he added.

In late November, the Campaign for the Release of Jonathan Pollard activist group confirmed that Justice Department parole board had rejected a request for his release, according to The Times of Israel.

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PM to Kerry: Pollards life in danger, time has come to free him

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to release Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned 29 years ago for spying for Israel, in light of the recent deterioration in his health.

Netanyahu told Kerry during a phone call Saturday evening that Pollard’s life was in danger. “After 30 years in prison, the time has come for him to be released and allowed to live out the remainder of his life as a free man.”

On Friday, the former U.S. Navy analyst was hospitalized after losing consciousness, his wife told activists working for his release.

A statement issued by the activists said that Pollard’s wife Esther had been notified by the authorities that he had been taken to a hospital outside the prison in which he is being held.

Netanyahu talked with Pollard’s wife Esther on Friday afternoon over the phone, and asked her to wish her husband good health in the name of all Israeli citizens.

“Jonathan is sick, his health in in danger, and after 30 years in prison it’s time he is released. We’ll continue to fight until his release,” the prime minister said in a statement.

American Jewish leaders have also urged the president to free Pollard due to his failing health.

We urge President Obama, especially in this holiday season and given Mr. Pollards worsening health, to take steps immediately to expedite gain Mr. Pollards release and to commute his life sentence to the more than 29 years he has already served, the Conference of Presidents, the umbrella organization of U.S. Jewish groups, said in a statement.

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Jonathan Pollard during an interview in 1998.Photo: AP

Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel and imprisoned for nearly three decades, lost consciousness Friday, according to Israeli media reports.

Activists working for the 60-year-old Pollards release from a North Carolina federal prison said his wife, Esther, was told by authorities that he has been taken to a nearby hospital, Haaretz reported.

Unfortunately, we do not have any further information, but we are hoping and praying since he has been hospitalized in the past in very dangerous circumstances, Effi Lahav, a family spokeswoman, told the Jerusalem Post.

An ailing Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison in the US in 1987, had surgery in March in connection with his kidneys, gall bladder and intestines.

He also was hospitalized Wednesday with acute pain.

He is very weak, his wife told The Jerusalem Post this week. He is totally drained and worn out. When I asked him how he was feeling, he groaned and whispered wretched.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently asked President Obama to release Pollard, who was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995.

I raised the issue of Pollard during my conversation with the president and I passed on a simple message, Netanyahu told reporters in New York, Haaretz reported.

I told the president that we are on the eve of Yom Kippur, a time during which we ask for forgiveness and we give forgiveness. I told the president that I hoped that might be a basis for advancing the release of Pollard.

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Ex-handler: Israeli spy Pollard bungled '85 escape plan

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Published: December 1, 2014

JERUSALEM Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard had an escape plan in place for him to flee to Israel but bungled it by seeking asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington instead, his former Israeli handler said in an interview aired Monday.

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave Israel thousands of classified documents, the extent of which has never been fully revealed. Pollard, now 60, was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison. Several Israeli requests to have him released have been rejected. He will be eligible for parole next year.

It remains one of the most embarrassing and damaging episodes in Israel-American relations and many details of the case remain a mystery nearly 30 years later.

In an interview with Israeli Channel 2 TV’s investigative program “Uvda,” former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan gave a rare glimpse into the events. Eitan said that once Pollard began to raise suspicions, he gave him the signal for a prearranged escape plan that would get him safely out of the United States.

Instead, Pollard waited three days before arriving unannounced at the Israeli embassy, asking for asylum.

“I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy … and I immediately said `throw him out.’ I don’t regret it,” he said. “The minute the man decided to come to the embassy …. he decided for himself that he is going to prison.”

Eitan argued that giving Pollard refuge in the face of U.S. law enforcement would have created an even greater crisis between the United States and Israel.

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JERUSALEM (JTA) Jonathan Pollard circumvented an escape plan and sought asylum at Israels embassy in Washington, his former handler said.

Rafi Eitan, an agent for Israels Mossad intelligence agency, for the first time gave details of his work with Pollard during an interview Monday night on the Israel Channel 2 news magazine Uvda, or Fact.

Pollard was a civilian U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in 1987 for spying for Israel.

I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy and I immediately said throw him out. I dont regret it, Eitan said on the show. The minute the man decided to come to the embassy he decided for himself that he is going to prison.

Eitan, 88, said the plan was to spirit Pollard to Israel but he did not elaborate.

If Israel had given Pollard asylum, he said, it would have even more severely damaged its relations with the United States.

Eitan said during the interview that he was not a rogue agent, as he has frequently been depicted, but that both prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were aware of his work with Pollard. He said he took responsibility for the Pollard debacle in order to allow the Israel-U.S. relationship to move forward.

It was reported recently that Pollard was turned down in August on his first parole request. Though he has been eligible to apply for parole for 19 years, he reportedly has refrained from doing so because he is seeking a presidential commutation, which would release him unconditionally.

The parole commission said it would review Pollards case again next year.

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Jonathan Pollard Rejected Plan To Flee

Spy Went to Embassy Instead of Flying to Israel

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An escape plan was put in place for convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard but he circumvented it and sought asylum at Israels embassy in Washington, his former handler said.

I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy and I immediately said throw him out. I dont regret it, former Mossad handler Rafi Eitan said. The minute the man decided to come to the embassy . he decided for himself that he is going to prison.

Eitan, 88, for the first time gave details of his work with Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in 1987, during an interview on the Israel Channel 2 news magazine Uvda, which means Fact.

He said he believed that if Israel had given Pollard asylum it would have even more severely damaged its relations with the United States.

Eitan said during the interview that he was not a rogue agent, as he has frequently been depicted, but that both prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were aware of his work with Pollard. He said he took responsibility for the Pollard debacle in order to allow the Israel-U.S. relationship to move forward.

It was recently reported that Pollard was turned down in August for his first parole request. Though he has been eligible to apply for parole for the last 19 years he reportedly has refrained from doing so because he is seeking a presidential commutation, which would release him unconditionally.

The parole commission said it would review Pollards case again next year.

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Ex-handler: Israeli spy Pollard bungled 85 U.S. escape plan

JERUSALEM Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard had an escape plan in place for him to flee to Israel but bungled it by seeking asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington instead, his former Israeli handler said in an interview aired Monday.

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave Israel thousands of classified documents, the extent of which has never been fully revealed. Pollard, now 60, was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison. Several Israeli requests to have him released have been rejected. He will be eligible for parole next year.

It remains one of the most embarrassing and damaging episodes in Israel-American relations and many details of the case remain a mystery nearly 30 years later.

In an interview with Israeli Channel 2 TVs investigative program Uvda, former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan gave a rare glimpse into the events. Eitan said that once Pollard began to raise suspicions, he gave him the signal for a prearranged escape plan that would get him safely out of the United States.

Instead, Pollard waited three days before arriving unannounced at the Israeli Embassy, asking for asylum.

I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy and I immediately said throw him out. I dont regret it, he said. The minute the man decided to come to the embassy . he decided for himself that he is going to prison.

Eitan argued that giving Pollard refuge in the face of U.S. law enforcement would have created an even greater crisis between the United States and Israel.

Eitan took the heat for the fiasco, saying he acted on his own and resigned as head of an Israeli intelligence agency known as the Scientific Relations Office which was later disbanded entirely.

In the interview, Eitan hinted that despite denials, Israels political leadership was fully aware of his actions and that he himself suggested that he be sacrificed.

I said I will take all the responsibility on me, he said.

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In rare remarks, former handler of convicted Israeli spy says Pollard bungled 1985 escape plan

Published December 01, 2014

FILE – In this April 3, 2006 file photo, Rafi Eitan, chairman of the Pensioners Party and former Israeli Mossad agent talks with the press after a meeting in Jerusalem. Eitan, the former handler of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard said in an interview that an escape plan was in place for Pollard to flee to Israel but he bungled it when he insisted on seeking asylum at Israel’s embassy in Washington. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, File)(The Associated Press)

JERUSALEM The former handler of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard says an escape plan was in place for him to flee to Israel but he bungled it when he insisted on seeking asylum at Israel’s embassy in Washington.

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave Israel thousands of classified documents. He was arrested in 1985 and sentenced to life in prison. Many details of the case that severely strained relations between the allies remain a mystery.

In an interview aired Monday on Israeli Channel 2 TV’s investigative program “Uvda,” former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan says he gave the order to deny Pollard entry into the embassy.

Eitan said the minute Pollard arrived at the embassy doors “he decided for himself that he is going to prison.”

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Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Unconscious …

A spokesman for the family of imprisoned spy Jonathan Pollard confirmed he was hospitalized today after losing consciousness, The Jerusalem Post reports. “Unfortunately, we do not have any further information, but we are hoping and praying since he has been hospitalized in the past in very dangerous circumstances,” Pollard spokesman Effi Lahav told the Post. Pollard, 60, has experienced several health problems since he began serving a life sentence in 1987 and underwent surgery in March to address issues related to the malfunctioning of his kidneys, gallbladder, and intestines, according to the Post. A civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, Pollard was arrested in 1985 for providing Israel with thousands of classified documents and is eligible for parole next year. Earlier this year, it was learned that the Obama administration was engaged in discussions with Israel concerning a possible Pollard release, which marked a substantial break from the policy of previous Republican and Democratic administrations, Politico reported in March. In exchange for an early release for Pollard, Israel would have be asked to make concessions to the Palestinians, including releasing Palestinian prisoners and extending peace talks. The White House would not confirm the nature of the talks and reiterated that the president had not reached a decision. “First of all, the president has not made a decision to release Jonathan Pollard. Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage and he is serving his sentence,” said then-White House press secretary Jay Carney in April. “There are obviously a lot of things happening in that arena, and Im not going to get ahead of discussions that are underway. What I will tell you is that the president has not made a decision to release Jonathan Pollard,” he added. In late November, the Campaign for the Release of Jonathan Pollard activist group confirmed that Justice Department parole board had rejected a request for his release, according to The Times of Israel.

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PM to Kerry: Pollards life in danger, time has come to free him

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to release Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned 29 years ago for spying for Israel, in light of the recent deterioration in his health. Netanyahu told Kerry during a phone call Saturday evening that Pollard’s life was in danger. “After 30 years in prison, the time has come for him to be released and allowed to live out the remainder of his life as a free man.” On Friday, the former U.S. Navy analyst was hospitalized after losing consciousness, his wife told activists working for his release. A statement issued by the activists said that Pollard’s wife Esther had been notified by the authorities that he had been taken to a hospital outside the prison in which he is being held. Netanyahu talked with Pollard’s wife Esther on Friday afternoon over the phone, and asked her to wish her husband good health in the name of all Israeli citizens. “Jonathan is sick, his health in in danger, and after 30 years in prison it’s time he is released. We’ll continue to fight until his release,” the prime minister said in a statement. American Jewish leaders have also urged the president to free Pollard due to his failing health. We urge President Obama, especially in this holiday season and given Mr. Pollards worsening health, to take steps immediately to expedite gain Mr. Pollards release and to commute his life sentence to the more than 29 years he has already served, the Conference of Presidents, the umbrella organization of U.S. Jewish groups, said in a statement.

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Jonathan Pollard during an interview in 1998.Photo: AP Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel and imprisoned for nearly three decades, lost consciousness Friday, according to Israeli media reports. Activists working for the 60-year-old Pollards release from a North Carolina federal prison said his wife, Esther, was told by authorities that he has been taken to a nearby hospital, Haaretz reported. Unfortunately, we do not have any further information, but we are hoping and praying since he has been hospitalized in the past in very dangerous circumstances, Effi Lahav, a family spokeswoman, told the Jerusalem Post. An ailing Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison in the US in 1987, had surgery in March in connection with his kidneys, gall bladder and intestines. He also was hospitalized Wednesday with acute pain. He is very weak, his wife told The Jerusalem Post this week. He is totally drained and worn out. When I asked him how he was feeling, he groaned and whispered wretched. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently asked President Obama to release Pollard, who was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995. I raised the issue of Pollard during my conversation with the president and I passed on a simple message, Netanyahu told reporters in New York, Haaretz reported. I told the president that we are on the eve of Yom Kippur, a time during which we ask for forgiveness and we give forgiveness. I told the president that I hoped that might be a basis for advancing the release of Pollard.

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Ex-handler: Israeli spy Pollard bungled '85 escape plan

The Associated Press Published: December 1, 2014 JERUSALEM Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard had an escape plan in place for him to flee to Israel but bungled it by seeking asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington instead, his former Israeli handler said in an interview aired Monday. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave Israel thousands of classified documents, the extent of which has never been fully revealed. Pollard, now 60, was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison. Several Israeli requests to have him released have been rejected. He will be eligible for parole next year. It remains one of the most embarrassing and damaging episodes in Israel-American relations and many details of the case remain a mystery nearly 30 years later. In an interview with Israeli Channel 2 TV’s investigative program “Uvda,” former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan gave a rare glimpse into the events. Eitan said that once Pollard began to raise suspicions, he gave him the signal for a prearranged escape plan that would get him safely out of the United States. Instead, Pollard waited three days before arriving unannounced at the Israeli embassy, asking for asylum. “I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy … and I immediately said `throw him out.’ I don’t regret it,” he said. “The minute the man decided to come to the embassy …. he decided for himself that he is going to prison.” Eitan argued that giving Pollard refuge in the face of U.S. law enforcement would have created an even greater crisis between the United States and Israel.

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JERUSALEM (JTA) Jonathan Pollard circumvented an escape plan and sought asylum at Israels embassy in Washington, his former handler said. Rafi Eitan, an agent for Israels Mossad intelligence agency, for the first time gave details of his work with Pollard during an interview Monday night on the Israel Channel 2 news magazine Uvda, or Fact. Pollard was a civilian U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in 1987 for spying for Israel. I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy and I immediately said throw him out. I dont regret it, Eitan said on the show. The minute the man decided to come to the embassy he decided for himself that he is going to prison. Eitan, 88, said the plan was to spirit Pollard to Israel but he did not elaborate. If Israel had given Pollard asylum, he said, it would have even more severely damaged its relations with the United States. Eitan said during the interview that he was not a rogue agent, as he has frequently been depicted, but that both prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were aware of his work with Pollard. He said he took responsibility for the Pollard debacle in order to allow the Israel-U.S. relationship to move forward. It was reported recently that Pollard was turned down in August on his first parole request. Though he has been eligible to apply for parole for 19 years, he reportedly has refrained from doing so because he is seeking a presidential commutation, which would release him unconditionally. The parole commission said it would review Pollards case again next year.

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Jonathan Pollard Rejected Plan To Flee

Spy Went to Embassy Instead of Flying to Israel getty images Published December 02, 2014. An escape plan was put in place for convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard but he circumvented it and sought asylum at Israels embassy in Washington, his former handler said. I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy and I immediately said throw him out. I dont regret it, former Mossad handler Rafi Eitan said. The minute the man decided to come to the embassy . he decided for himself that he is going to prison. Eitan, 88, for the first time gave details of his work with Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in 1987, during an interview on the Israel Channel 2 news magazine Uvda, which means Fact. He said he believed that if Israel had given Pollard asylum it would have even more severely damaged its relations with the United States. Eitan said during the interview that he was not a rogue agent, as he has frequently been depicted, but that both prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were aware of his work with Pollard. He said he took responsibility for the Pollard debacle in order to allow the Israel-U.S. relationship to move forward. It was recently reported that Pollard was turned down in August for his first parole request. Though he has been eligible to apply for parole for the last 19 years he reportedly has refrained from doing so because he is seeking a presidential commutation, which would release him unconditionally. The parole commission said it would review Pollards case again next year.

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Ex-handler: Israeli spy Pollard bungled 85 U.S. escape plan

JERUSALEM Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard had an escape plan in place for him to flee to Israel but bungled it by seeking asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington instead, his former Israeli handler said in an interview aired Monday. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave Israel thousands of classified documents, the extent of which has never been fully revealed. Pollard, now 60, was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison. Several Israeli requests to have him released have been rejected. He will be eligible for parole next year. It remains one of the most embarrassing and damaging episodes in Israel-American relations and many details of the case remain a mystery nearly 30 years later. In an interview with Israeli Channel 2 TVs investigative program Uvda, former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan gave a rare glimpse into the events. Eitan said that once Pollard began to raise suspicions, he gave him the signal for a prearranged escape plan that would get him safely out of the United States. Instead, Pollard waited three days before arriving unannounced at the Israeli Embassy, asking for asylum. I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy and I immediately said throw him out. I dont regret it, he said. The minute the man decided to come to the embassy . he decided for himself that he is going to prison. Eitan argued that giving Pollard refuge in the face of U.S. law enforcement would have created an even greater crisis between the United States and Israel. Eitan took the heat for the fiasco, saying he acted on his own and resigned as head of an Israeli intelligence agency known as the Scientific Relations Office which was later disbanded entirely. In the interview, Eitan hinted that despite denials, Israels political leadership was fully aware of his actions and that he himself suggested that he be sacrificed. I said I will take all the responsibility on me, he said.

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In rare remarks, former handler of convicted Israeli spy says Pollard bungled 1985 escape plan

Published December 01, 2014 FILE – In this April 3, 2006 file photo, Rafi Eitan, chairman of the Pensioners Party and former Israeli Mossad agent talks with the press after a meeting in Jerusalem. Eitan, the former handler of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard said in an interview that an escape plan was in place for Pollard to flee to Israel but he bungled it when he insisted on seeking asylum at Israel’s embassy in Washington. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, File)(The Associated Press) JERUSALEM The former handler of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard says an escape plan was in place for him to flee to Israel but he bungled it when he insisted on seeking asylum at Israel’s embassy in Washington. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave Israel thousands of classified documents. He was arrested in 1985 and sentenced to life in prison. Many details of the case that severely strained relations between the allies remain a mystery. In an interview aired Monday on Israeli Channel 2 TV’s investigative program “Uvda,” former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan says he gave the order to deny Pollard entry into the embassy. Eitan said the minute Pollard arrived at the embassy doors “he decided for himself that he is going to prison.”

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