The answer the Prime Minister’s Office has given is that Issachar got caught up in something that was bigger than herself.
Ten Israeli tourist landed in the Moscow airport, were detained there and eventually put on a flight back to Israel. "They must have been instructed to bring us back."
Russia's sentencing of Issachar to 7.5 years for possessing 9.5 grams of pot was clearly excessive, and apparently an effort to place leverage on Israel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned her hours before Netanyahu was set to fly from Washington to Moscow on Wednesday to personally bring her home. "It's a good ending," her mother said.
During his trip to Israel last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally told Issachar’s mother Yaffa that her daughter would be freed.
Issachar officially requested a pardon on Sunday in hopes it would lead to her release from a Russian jail, where she is serving a 7.5-year sentence for cannabis possession.
“I will return your girl home,” Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly told Yaffa Issachar, Naama's mother.
Naama was supposed to be transferred to a different prison in the past few days, but this did not happen.
‘I believe Putin. If he says everything will be okay, I believe everything will be okay,’ jailed woman says
Iran will be at the center of Netanyahu’s planned meeting with Putin, as well as a potential pardon for imprisoned Naama Issachar.