US Welcomes Release of Ilan Grapel

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The United States of America today welcomed the release of Ilan Grapel.

Today, Israel and Egypt agreed on the release of Grapel in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Department Spokeperson Victoria Nuland thanked the Governments of Egypt and Israel for their roles in reuniting him with his family.

“The Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty is a vital element of regional peace and stability, and we strongly support both countries’ sustained commitment to its provisions.” -Ms. Nuland

Israel and Egypt agreed on the release of Grapel in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The exchange was executed on October 27, 2011, bringing an end to Grapel’s nearly five months of imprisonment on dubious charges.

Grapel was imprisoned for nearly five months of imprisonment on espionage charges.

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