Israeli officials accused the Egyptian government on Sunday of procrastinating the release of Ouda Tarabin who have been in jail for about 12 years.
The Israeli government is disappointed with the stance of Egypt on a possible prisoner swap deal, Israel Radio reported this evening, citing the officials without naming them.
The sources stated Israel’s desire to exchange Tarabin for a number of Egyptians jailed in Israel.
The personal envoy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attorney Isaac Mokhlo and head of the IDF Planning Directorate Maj.-Gen Amir Eshel have been in Cairo last week for talks on the issue; the talks have apparently hit a snag.
Tarabin, a Bedouin, is serving a 15-year prison term in Egypt for spying for the Israeli secret service Mossad; he was arrested in Al-Arish city, northeast Egypt.
The Israeli Embassy in Cairo kept raising the issue of his release in several occasions with former president Hosni Mubarak and other officials of the previous regime but all to no avail.
Prospects of his release increased late last October when the two sides reached an agreement to release the Israeli spy Ilan Grapel – a US-Israeli citizen who had been detained in Egypt since June 12, 2011, in exchange for 25 Egyptian detainees in Israeli jails.