Jonathan Pollard has petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice to grant him citizenship.
Pollard, who was convicted in the United States in 1987 of spying for Israel and sentenced to life in prison, issued the petition after Interior Minister Ehud Barak rejected his earlier request a month ago.
Pollard’s lawyer said at the time that Barak has a legal loophole to get around granting the citizenship request.
Pollard will first be eligible for parole in November.
A parole hearing that was scheduled for September was postponed and will possibly be held later this year.