Norway has agreed to host former Israeli nuclear technician and whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, his Norwegian wife has told local television.
“We made a request for family reunification as that’s exactly the case here, for spouses and a family to be able to live together,” Kristin Joachimsen told TV2 late on Saturday.
“So even if I know the affair is controversial in some circles, it’s the family values that won over,” she said.
But she said she did not know when her 62-year-old husband could join her in Norway.
Karl Erik Sjoholt, an official with Norway’s immigration agency, confirmed the request had been approved.
Israel jailed Vanunu in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of its Dimona nuclear plant to Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.
He spent more than 10 years of his sentence in solitary confinement.
Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, forbidding him from travel, contact with foreigners or speaking to the media.
He has twice been jailed for breaking those orders.
Vanunu converted from Judaism to Christianity shortly before being snatched by Mossad agents in Rome in 1986 and smuggled to Israel.
Israel is the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear power, refusing to confirm or deny that it has such weapons.
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