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Tel Aviv has long sought the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former intelligence analyst convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel. He is serving a life sentence. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Jonathan Pollard, seen in 1998, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for providing classified information to Israel. Citing unidentified sources, an Israeli television station reported that Secretary of State John F. Kerry was offering to free Pollard if Israel released Israeil-Arab prisoners. (Associated Press)

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Jonathan Pollard, seen in 1998, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for providing classified information to Israel. Citing unidentified sources, an Israeli television station reported that Secretary of State John F. Kerry was offering to free Pollard if Israel released Israeil-Arab prisoners. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Jonathan Pollard, seen in 1998, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for providing classified information to Israel. Citing unidentified sources, an Israeli television station reported that Secretary of State John F. Kerry was offering to free Pollard if Israel released Israeil-Arab prisoners. (Associated Press)

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An Israeli protester holds a sign depicting President Barack Obama during a demonstration calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed for life in 1987 on charges of spying on the United States, in Jerusalem on March 19, 2013. Obama's trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank will take place March 20-22, and it is the U.S. leader's first trip to the region as president and his first overseas trip since being re-elected. Hebrew on signs reads, "Honorable president, save Pollard." (Associated Press)

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An Israeli protester holds a sign depicting President Barack Obama during a demonstration calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed for life in 1987 on charges of spying on the United States, in Jerusalem on March 19, 2013. Obama's trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank will take place March 20-22, and it is the U.S. leader's first trip to the region as president and his first overseas trip since being re-elected. Hebrew on signs reads, "Honorable president, save Pollard." (Associated Press)

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LIFE SENTENCE: Jonathan Jay Pollard pleaded guilty to spying in June 1986. (Associated Press)

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Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C, on Friday, May 15, 1998. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)