JERUSALEM, Israel -- Former MK Rafi Eitan, who served as chairman of the now defunct Pensioner's Party, issued an apology to convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.
Pollard is beginning his twenty-eighth year behind bars, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement. No other spy from a friendly nation has served anywhere near as long as Pollard in U.S. history.
According to Eitan, who served as Pollard's "handler," the Israeli government instructed him to betray Pollard in exchange for a U.S. promise that he would spend a maximum of 10 years behind bars.
Despite numerous appeals and petitions over the years, including many by respected world leaders, successive U.S. administrations have refused to grant him clemency.
Italian journalist Guilio Meotti says Pollard's life sentence had nothing to do with endangering America. Rather it was meted out because he trespassed on the U.S. government's "pro-Arab political agenda," Arutz Sheva reported.
Meotti says Pollard's focus was on Arab nuclear intelligence and weapons, including Syria and Iraq's chemical weapons cache, as well as Libyan, Egyptian and Russian missile capabilities.
Pollard's wife, Esther, has labored over the years to secure her husband's release, particularly in view of his declining health.
Ironically, analysts have noted that while successive U.S. administrations have pressured Israel to release convicted Arab terrorists, they have turned a blind eye to Pollard's disproportionate sentence.