TEL AVIV (Mar. 22)
Morris and Molly Pollard, parents of convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard, arrived in Israel Tuesday night, for a two-week visit.
The Pollards said they wanted to thank the many Israelis who had offered support for their son, a former U.S. naval analyst who was sentenced to life in prison for spying on behalf of Israel.
Morris Pollard said he also wanted to tour the country, having last been here 19 years ago.
He said he and his wife visited their son in prison every month and spoke to him by phone in his solitary-confinement cell twice a week.
“When we told him we were about to visit Israel, he told us he wished he could come with us,” Pollard said.
He said that unlike their daughter-in-law, Anne Henderson Pollard, Jonathan is in perfect health.
Anne Pollard, who was sentenced to two concurrent five-year terms for being an accessory after the fact, is reported to be suffering from a rare digestive order that causes severe pain and weight loss.