Israel, Egypt close to sealing deal to free suspected Israeli spy

17.10.2011                      19.Tischrei. 5772                       Chol Hamo'ed 3

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Israel, Egypt close to sealing deal to free suspected Israeli spy

Ilan Grapel has been held in Egypt since June 12, initially accused of spying, later charged with incitement, rebellion and damaging public buildings.

Jerusalem is optimistic that two Israelis currently being held in Egypt will be released shortly. According to political sources, the recent improvement in ties with Egypt and the completion of the deal for Gilad Shalit have increased the chances of the return to Israel of Ilan Grapel and Ouda Tarabin.
Grapel, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, has been held in Egypt since June 12. After being initially accused of spying, he was later charged with incitement, rebellion and damaging public buildings during the country's revolution this past winter. The U.S. government has been pressuring Cairo to release him, but to no avail….