Report: Netanyahu Adviser in Egypt to Discuss Suspected Israeli Spy

French media reports Netanyahu adviser Isaac Molho will meet Egypt's FM in order to discuss Gilad Shalit as well as Ilan Grapel, the American-Israeli suspected of spying.

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French media reported on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's adviser Isaac Molho had arrived in Cairo for talks with senior officials about Gilad Shalit and about the accused Israeli spy being held in Egypt.

According to the reports, Molho is meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi and other senior officials to discuss the case of Ilan Grapel, the American-Israeli who stands accused of spying in Egypt on behalf of Israel, a claim which Israel denies.

Ilan Grapel in Tahrir Square in a picture taken from his Facebook account.

The prime minister's office has refused to respond to the reports.

Since details about Grapel's detainment and identity were first leaked, Arab media has reported widely varying stories, including one saying that Grapel had intended to get to Libya after stopping in Egypt.

Last week, diplomats from the Israeli embassy in Cairo met with Grapel and with officials from Egypt's public prosecutor, in order to get more information on the status of Grapel's detainment.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said that Grapel is in good condition and that Israel will continue to work for his immediate release.



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