Netanyahu, Rivlin welcome end of Pollard’s parole, await his arrival in Israel

Netanyahu thanks Israeli envoy to US Ron Dermer for efforts to lift restrictions on ex-Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel; office says he was long committed to his release

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday welcomed the termination of Jonathan Pollard’s parole and said he looks forward to welcoming the former US Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel.

“The prime minister was committed to his release for many years and worked tirelessly for his return,” read a statement from Netanyahu’s office, released nearly 24 hours after the Justice Department’s decision, which was handed down after the Sabbath began in Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin also said Israel was “waiting for him and his family at home” and wished him “a new life in health and peace.”