The wife of former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of spying for Israel, says she is ''relieved '' he will be released on parole after 30 years in jail. Mana Rabiee reports.
It's been a long time coming for Esther Pollard, the wife of Jonathan Pollard. The former U.S. intelligence officer, convicted of spying for Israel, has been jailed for 30 years in a federal U.S. prison. Then came news this week that the U.S. is granting him parole. In Jerusalem, Esther Pollard's wait is finally coming to an end. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESTHER POLLARD, WIFE OF FORMER SPY JONATHAN POLLARD, SAYING: "I'm counting the days, the hours, the minutes, the seconds - until I can take him into my arms, and we can close the door on the past behind us." Pollard was convicted in 1987 of passing suitcases full of highly classified documents to Israeli contacts. His release would remove a long-standing thorn in U.S.-Israeli relations. Pollard became an Israeli citizen during his detention and Israel wants the now 60-year-old returned home in November when he gets released. But his lawyers say he may have to spend spend another five years in the U.S. under the terms of his parole. They're calling on President Barack Obama to let Pollard come home ... where Esther Pollard says she hopes rebuild a new life with her husband.