Grapel to be released on ThursdayIsrael's Supreme Court has turned down appeals against the release of 25 Egyptian terrorists from Israeli jails, and the 25 will be exchanged on Thursday morning for American-Israeli anarchist Ilan Grapel.
The two Israelis who negotiated Grapel's release with the Egyptians – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's envoy Yitzhak Molcho and Kadima MK and former deputy Shin Bet head Yisrael Hasson – are scheduled to fly Thursday afternoon to Cairo with Grapel's mother to retrieve him.Most of these people are accused of drug or weapons running. How weapons running is not a 'security-related offense' is beyond comprehension. And drug running is the way that terror is financed.
Grapel is expected to land at Ben-Gurion Airport at about 5 p.m., and then drive to Jerusalem for a brief meeting with Netanyahu.
A spokesman for the Israel Prisons Service said that the Egyptian prisoners, who were gathered together at the Beersheba prison on Wednesday, will be taken to the Taba border crossing with Egypt most likely Thursday afternoon.
All of the Egyptian prisoners, according to information supplied by the Israel Prisons Service, are serving time for criminal – rather than terrorist-related – offenses. The group of prisoners also includes three minors.
But we are giving up 25 terrorists for an anarchist who went to Egypt on his own and who has barely lived in Israel. The US is much smarter. They are giving up nothing.
What could go wrong?