JERUSALEM - Israel denied on Tuesday that Ilan Grapel, a dual US and Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt on suspicion of espionage, is a spy.
"This is a student, perhaps a little strange or a little careless. He has no connection to any intelligence apparatus, not in Israel, not in the US and not on Mars," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Army Radio.
Grapel, 27, was arrested in Egypt on Sunday and ordered held for 15 days. Egypt alleged he was an Israeli spy out to recruit agents and monitor the events of the revolt that overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.