Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Your window for capturing an Israeli citizen and having him traded for your citizens imprisoned in Israel is open.

Israel will release 25 Egyptian prisoners in exchange for a man with dual US-Israeli nationality who was imprisoned in Egypt on espionage suspicions, the Israeli prime minister's office has said in a statement.

Ilan Grapel was arrested in Cairo on June 12 and has been held without charge since. Egypt's state TV confirmed that a deal was made and said the swap would be carried out on Thursday.


Israeli officials said Grapel's release is not connected to the Palestinian prisoner swap. They were speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.


Sure, no connection at all. Just a coincidence.

I suppose they could hardly leave Grapel there considering the big deal just made for Gilad Shalit. I wonder if Grapel feels the sting of being worth only 25 prisoners, as opposed to Shalit’s thousand.

The [Israeli] statement said there are no "security prisoners" on the list, Israeli shorthand for fighters.

Not exactly shorthand, is it? I mean, it’s about twice as long as the word “fighters.”

Anyway, so if they are Egyptian and not “security prisoners” what are they doing in Israeli jails, and why does Egypt want them back?

....but hey, do what you want....you will anyway.

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