The United States is set to give Egypt an F-16 fighter jet as part of the deal to release dual US-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel, Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported Thursday.
Ma'an quoted Egyptian military expert General Sameh Sayf al-Yazal as saying that the United States was called into the negotiations to help Egypt exact the best possible deal for Grapel's release.
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According to the report, Israel refused to release all 81 Egyptian
prisoners in Israel for a deal that included both Grapel and Ouda
Tarabin, an Israeli Beduin who, like Grapel, is being held in Egypt on
Grapel is expected to be released on Thursday after five months in
prison in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners. He is expected to fly from
Cairo to Ben Gurion airport at 5 p.m., and meet with Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem before setting on his way.