An interesting update, on this Saturday when President Barack Obama is visiting his father’s homeland, Kenya…
His close aides told CBS News that if Jonathan Pollard — the spy for Israel who was sentenced to life in prison — is released this year, it won’t be because the President is freeing him.
They say the ordinary parole process will proceed, and in November of this year — 30 years after Pollard’s arrest — he will be eligible for parole. (His lawyers will doubtless plead for his release, in part based on his poor health.)
The White House aides say there is no connection at all with the Iran nuclear deal — and no attempt to sway Israeli opinion by releasing the American who spied for Israel.
They do confirm that the Pollard issue has been an irritant, for years, between Israel and the U.S. (This information was reported by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, Major Garrett.)