US paying for Grapel too... an F-16; UPDATED: SEVERAL F-16'sIf this report turns out to be correct, I take back everything I said about the US not negotiating with terrorists and not paying ransom for its citizens who are being held hostage. As much as I think that it's absurd that Israel is turning over terrorists to bring anarchist Ilan Grapel back to the US, this is downright shocking.
According to a Maan report cited by the JPost, the United States is GIVING Egypt an F-16 fighter jet as jizya for releasing American-Israeli anarchist Ilan Grapel so that he can go back to law school in the United States.
The United States is set to give Egypt an F-16 fighter jet as part of the deal to release dual US-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported Thursday.There are ongoing negotiations to free Tarabin, whose family lives in Israel, and who has been held without charges for eleven years.
Ma'an quoted Egyptian military expert General Sameh Sayf al-Yazal saying that the United States was called into the negotiations to help Egypt exact the best possible deal for Grapel's release.
According to the report, Israel refused to release all 81 Egyptian prisoners in Israel for a deal that included both Grapel and Ouda Tarabin, an Israeli Bedouin who, like Grapel, is being held in Egypt on spying charges.
But let's go back to that F-16 for a minute. Iran must be kicking themselves for not asking for a few for those 'hikers' they released recently. And other American 'allies' like Pakistan and Afghanistan and Turkey must be licking their lips at the prospect of finding 'spies' like Grapel who can be exchanged for top line military equipment.
What could go wrong?
UPDATE 11:30 AM
YNet reports that you can make that several F-16's, although they have it that the US is selling the F-16's and Israel, which has objected to such sales in the past, is not objecting.