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  10/8/2011, Tishrei 10, 5772

Egypt Wants 78 Prisoner for Grapel


Egypt has demanded that Israel release 78 Egyptian prisoners in exchange for the freedom of Ilan Grapel, an Israeli tourist accused of spying. The demand was presented during United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's visit to Cairo.

An Egyptian daily reported that Cairo made other demands that are currently being examined by Jerusalem. If the conditions are accepted, Israel and Egypt are expected to launch into direct talks aimed at closing the deal.