Jonathan Pollard, the American-Israeli spy who spent 30 years behind bars said it would “take a miracle” for him to be able to fulfil his dream of living in Israel.
Speaking to Israeli reporter Amir Bar Shalom of Channel 1 in an impromptu interview on the street in New York, Pollard said he still believes that the people of Israel stand in support with him, but is not sure about the Israeli government.
“Do you still feel like Israel is behind you?” Bar Shalom asked.
“I feel that the ‘am’ [Hebrew for nation] is clearly behind me,” Pollard replied.
“And the government, no?” Bar Shalom asked.
“Well, the government will do whatever it wants to do, I don’t know,” the former spy said.
“Yesterday we were in the meeting of [US President Barack] Obama and [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu. I don’t think he mentioned you,” Bar Shalom said.
“That’s why I said it’s going to take a miracle to bring me home,” Pollard replied.
Pollard, 61,was released on parole from the facility in Butner, North Carolina, where he has been serving a life sentence.
Under the terms of his release Pollard must remain in the US for the next five years unless he receives permission from the president.
In addition, he must stay in his New York home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., submit any computer he uses for inspection, and wear a GPS-monitoring device at all times.
Netanyahu has previously requested that Pollard be allowed to serve out his five-year parole in Israel, a request repeatedly turned down by US courts.