Member of Knesset Ayoub Kara asked United States Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, on Sunday, to add the name of Israeli Bedouin Odeh Tarabin to the name of American-Israeli Ilan Grapel, who is scheduled to be released soon from Egyptian custody on espionage charges. Grapel was arrested around the start of the year, at the time of Egypt's January revolution. Tarabin has been behind bars for more than a decade.
The Deputy Minister for Negev and Galilee Development and Regional Cooperation said, "It's unthinkable that a Bedouin citizen of Israel, held by Egypt, should not get the same concern shown for Ilan Grapel and Israeli journalist Yotam Feldman." He added, "This is the last chance to see that he is freed, before the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt. It is clear how they will treat him and what will be his fate."