Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard has offered to renounce his American citizenship if he is allowed to travel to Israel following his release from prison at the end of this week.
According to the current terms of his parole Mr Pollard, who is set to be released on Friday after 30 years in prison, it was announced last week, must remain in the US for five years .
But in a letter released on Monday, two New York state representatives asked US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to allow Mr Pollard leave from the US to “to move to Israel with his family”.
They wrote: “On November 20, 2015, after serving 30 years in prison, it is Mr. Pollard’s wish to move to Israel with his family so he can resume his life there. We write today to ask that DOJ give Mr. Pollard’s request the fair consideration it deserves.”
If this request is granted, Mr Pollard would risk never being permitted to return to the United States. But the Justice Department has not yet revealed the terms of his release and Mr Pollard’s lawyers have suggested that they will be negotiated up to the day of his release.
Mr Pollard – a former US Navy intelligence analyst - was jailed for life in 1987 for passing documents to Israel. He was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995.