At Egypt’s request, Israel has agreed to release 25 Egyptian prisoners, including three minors.

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
 
In the framework of efforts by Israel and Egypt, and with the assistance of the US, Egypt has agreed to release Ilan Grapel. At Egypt’s request, Israel has agreed to release 25 Egyptian prisoners, including three minors.

The Government of Israel wishes to make it clear that these are not security prisoners and that the agreement is subject to approval by the Security Cabinet, which is due to convene on the issue on Tuesday, 25 October 2011.

Cabinet approves outline for release of Ilan Grapel

Cabinet ministers today (Tuesday), 25 October 2011, unanimously approved the outline for the release of Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel, who is expected to return to the State of Israel on Thursday, 27 October 2011. Israel has acceded to Egypt’s request to release 22 prisoners – as well as three detained minors – who hold Egyptian citizenship.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the relevant authorities to do their utmost in order to bring about the release of Israeli citizen Ouda Tarabin, who has been imprisoned in Egypt for over 11 years.

The Cabinet ministers thanked the US Government for its considerable assistance in facilitating the outline for Grapel’s release.