November 21, THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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**November 21, 1985 – United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard** is arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He is subsequently sentenced to life in prison. Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, but denied until 1998 that it had bought classified information from him. Israeli activist groups, as well as high-profile Israeli politicians, have lobbied for his release. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced particularly strong support for Pollard, visiting the convicted spy in prison in 2002. His case was later linked to that of Ben-ami Kadish, another U.S. national who pleaded guilty to charges of passing classified information to Israel in the same period. He renounced his United States citizenship and is now solely an Israeli citizen. He would be deported to Israel if he were released from prison.

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