WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s and sentenced to life in prison, has been granted parole and will be released in November, according to his lawyers.

The decision marks the resolution of an espionage case that was a source of friction between the United States and Israel for decades, and it comes at a time when the two countries are at odds over a U.S.-backed nuclear accord with Iran.

In a statement issued by his attorneys, Pollard said that he “is looking forward to being reunited with his beloved wife Esther” and expressed thanks to supporters in the U.S. and Israel.

The U.S. Parole Commission voted unanimously on July 7 to grant parole to the convicted spy, according to the statement from his attorneys, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman. “We are grateful and delighted that our client will soon be released,” they said.

U.S. officials said that while Pollard was ordered to serve life in prison, the terms of his sentence made him eligible for mandatory parole after 30 years, a period he will have completed this fall.

Pollard, now 60, is required by the Parole Commission to remain in the United States for five years after he is freed, and his lawyers indicated in the statement that he has secured housing and employment in the New York area.

But his attorneys called on President Obama to waive that U.S. residency requirement so Pollard can move to Israel as soon as possible.

“We are looking forward to his release,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, which noted that he had spoken Tuesday with Pollard’s wife.

A Jewish-American, Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship while in prison and is viewed by many in Israel as a victim of broader political and diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and its ally.

Israeli leaders have repeatedly called for Pollard’s release and sought to make his freedom a negotiating point in Middle East peace talks as early as the 1990s. The timing of Pollard’s parole has contributed to speculation that the White House cleared his release to appease Israeli officials angered by the recently announced nuclear accord with Iran.