An Israeli official presented an offer to Egypt to release a spy detained by Cairo in exchange for releasing a number of Egyptian detainees.The offer was presented by Ayyoub al-Qarra, the vice-minister of the “Negev and Galilee Development Ministry” in Israel during a meeting, held Tuesday, with the Egyptian Minister, Waleed al-Sharif, in Eilat, Israeli sources reported.

The spy, Odah Tarabeen, was arrested and imprisoned by Egypt eleven years ago after he was convicted of spying on Cairo on behalf of the Israeli intelligence. He was sentenced to fifteen years.

Al-Qarra suggested holding a swap deal in which Tarabeen is sent to Israel, and in return Tel Aviv will be releasing a number of Egyptian detainees.

The Egyptian Ambassador said that he will present the proposal to official at the Egyptian government.