Israeli nuclear whistle-blower can’t visit Norwegian bride

Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli who spent 18 years in prison for revealing Israel’s nuclear secrets, has married his longtime Norwegian partner, Norwegian news site The Local reported Wednesday.

The two married at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, according to the website. Vanunu converted to Christianity in 1986. His new spouse, Kristin Joachimsen, is a professor at the School of Theology in Oslo.

However, the strict terms of Vanunu’s release from jail prevent the former employee of the Nuclear Research Center in Dimona from leaving Israel for any reason.

“The restrictions have just been renewed for another year,” Joachimsen told Norway’s ABCNyheter after the service. 

Vanunu, who revealed classified information about Israel’s nuclear program to the U.K.’s Sunday Times newspaper in 1986, could get support from Norway to ease his restrictions.

Liv Signe, the foreign policy spokesperson for Norway’s Centre Party, said she may lobby her country’s foreign minister, Børge Brende, to press Israel to grant Vanunu an exit visa. 

“I think Vanunu ought to come to Norway, and that we should give him a residence permit,” she said.


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