Netanyahu On Israeli’s Release From Egypt: ‘Israel Takes Care Of All Its Citizens’


Ouda Tarabin NETANYAHUIsraeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu shed light on the recent prisoner exchange that saw Israeli citizen Ouda Tarabin released from an Egyptian prison and returned to Israel after a 15-year incarceration.

Speaking at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said he “gave my word [to Egypt] that [Tarabin] did not spy for Israel,” thereby ensuring his release.

Tarabin, an Israeli Bedouin from the city of Rahat in southern Israel, was released after completing his 15-year sentence for espionage.

“I worked with three Egyptian presidents—[Hosni] Mubarak, [Mohamed] Morsi, and [current President Abdel-Fattah] El-Sisi—in efforts to get him out,” Netanyahu said. “A year and a half ago I sent attorney Isaac Molho, my emissary, to ensure that [Tarabin] is released on time. In exchange, we agreed to release six Egyptian prisoners—three who have completed their sentences and three others that did not commit security-related crimes.”

“I am pleased that [Tarabin] is back with us. The state of Israel takes care of all its citizens, without exception,” added Netanyahu.


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