Pollard: The nation is with me

Watch: Pollard says health improved, does not believe he will be allowed to visit Israel.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Jonathan Pollard
Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard recently expressed pessimism regarding his chances of coming home to Israel.

In an exclusive interview with Channel 1's Amir Bar-Shalom, Pollard said his health had improved greatly since his release.

In answer to the question of whether the Israeli government had abandoned him, Pollard replied, "The nation is with me."

He also said that it would take a miracle for the American government to agree to lower their restrictions on his activities.

Pollard was arrested in 1985, on charges of spying for Israel. Despite his deteriorating health, and the fact that his information went to a friendly country (spies from hostile countries served less prison time), decades of American presidents refused to discus his release. He was not allowed to attend his father's funeral. Pollard was finally released from prison in November 2015, after thirty years of imprisonment.

Pollard is still required to clear every outing with the authorities, abide by a 7 p.m. curfew, and wear a GPS device at all times. He is also forbidden to use the internet.