Israel approves swap deal for jailed US-Israeli

October 25, 2011 - 2:55 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders have approved a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners for a U.S.-Israeli citizen jailed in Egypt on suspicion of espionage.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office says Israel's Security Cabinet unanimously approved the deal on Tuesday afternoon.

It says Ilan Grapel, who was arrested in Cairo in June, is expected to return to Israel on Thursday.

Israel and Egypt first announced the deal on Monday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders have approved a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners for a U.S.-Israeli citizen jailed in Egypt on espionage charges.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office says Israel's Security Cabinet unanimously approved the deal on Tuesday afternoon.

It says Ilan Grapel, who was arrested in Cairo in June, is expected to return to Israel on Thursday.

Israel and Egypt first announced the deal on Monday.

(This version CORRECTS that Grapel is held on suspicion of espionage and has not been charged.)