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The American-born suspect, who served in the IDF as a paratrooper and was wounded in the Second Lebanon War, is in good condition and is being treated well, said. American officials who visited him on Tuesday.
Egypt still insists that he is a Mossad agent, but Grapel, whose adventurous past has included activism for Arabs, told Egyptian authorities that he served for the IDF for two years and three months and had no connection with Israeli intelligence.
The New York native added that that the information he sent to family and friends by email was available on the Internet and was broadcast in Egypt, the Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported.
Grapel was a frequent traveler to Arab countries and visited several sites in Egypt during and after the uprising that led to the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
He was photographed in a Muslim mosque and also visited Jewish community headquarters in Alexandria.
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