Israeli government announced that Ilan Grapel, an alleged Israeli spy arrested in Egypt, has no connection to Israeli intelligence.
Such announcements are a taboo. If an arrested person is indeed a spy, such disavowement would hamper negotiations for his exchange. If he is not a spy, absence of such declaration in other cases would confirm the real spies’ guilt. It seems that the sheepish government of Israel goes to great lengths because Ilan is a dual Israeli-US citizen.
Given the amount of efforts expended for his quick release, he might well be not a regular student vacationing in Egypt. The Egyptian prosecution would hardly risk negative public exposure arresting a random passerby for high-profile trial, especially when Egypt seethes with new Israeli agents.