The US has not been putting pressure on Egypt to release the accused Israeli spy, Ilan Grapel, Egyptian semi-official Al-Ahram
reported Tuesday. On Monday, Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm
said that the US had threatened to reduce aid to Egypt unless Cairo released the alleged Israeli spy, who was arrested in Egypt in June.
Egypt also reportedly denied claims that Cairo and Jerusalem have been formulating a prisoner-swap deal for the release of Grapel, which would involve freeing Egyptian prisoners - mostly Sinai Beduin - serving "long sentences" in Israel, Al-Ahram