Israeli lawmakers: allow spy to visit ill father

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Posted: Jun 17, 2011 9:42 AM
Israeli lawmakers: allow spy to visit ill father

A majority of Israeli lawmakers are asking the U.S. administration to allow the incarcerated Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard a humanitarian visit with his dying father.

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy. He pleaded guilty in 1986 of passing classified information to Israel and was given a life sentence.

The letter is signed by 71 of Israel's 120 members of parliament. It's addressed to Vice President Joe Biden in his role as president of the U.S. Senate.

In it, lawmaker Nachman Shai says the request was an "urgent humanitarian matter" to allow Pollard see his father a final time.

Shai said Friday it was unrelated to calls for Pollard's release.

Israeli leaders and some former high-ranking American officials have called for Pollard to be freed.