Egypt, Israel mull prisoner swap: Sources

Israekş soyrces says Israel is ready to release some Egyptian prisoners from its jails if Cairo agrees to expedite the release of an Israeli Bedouin jailed since 2000

Egypt, Israel mull prisoner swap: Sources

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israel is ready to release some Egyptian prisoners from its jails if Cairo agrees to expedite the release of an Israeli Bedouin jailed since 2000, Israeli political sources have said.

The sources were quoted by Israel Public Radio on Monday, during which they referred to contacts between Cairo and Tel Aviv over the proposed release of Ouda Tarabin, an Israeli citizen.

The sources did not, however, mention the number of Egyptian prisoners in Israeli jails or the number of prisoners that the self-proclaimed Jewish state is ready to release as part of a possible prisoner swap.

Tarabin was arrested in Egypt in 2000 and sentenced to 15 years in jail after being accused of spying for Israel and giving information about Egypt's military to an "enemy state."

There has been no comment from the Israeli authorities regarding the sources' remarks.

The same sources, meanwhile, said the absence of the Egyptian and Jordanian ambassadors from Tel Aviv had affected relations between the two Arab states and Israel.

They expressed hope that the Egyptian and Jordanian ambassadors would soon return to the Israeli capital.

Jordan recalled its ambassador from Israel in November of last year following an intensification of Israeli violations at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Egypt recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv in 2012 to protest an Israeli offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip.

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