Trump Pardons Israeli Colonel Who Helped Recruit Spy Jonathan Pollard

A White House statement says the request for clemency for Aviem Sella, who introduced Pollard to his Mossad recruiter, was supported by Netanyahu, ambassadors and Miriam Adelson

Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels

WASHINGTON – Among the raft of last-minute pardons issued on Wednesday by outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump was one for an Israeli citizen: Col. (res.) Aviem Sella, an Israel Air Force pilot and officer who was convicted of introducing Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard to his Israeli recruiter, former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan, in the early 1980s.

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