Naama Issachar meets with PM Benjamin Netanyahu after her release, Jan. 30, 2020
What distinguishes Naama Issachar from other Israeli prisoners?

The answer the Prime Minister’s Office has given is that Issachar got caught up in something that was bigger than herself.

A general view shows the Saint Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia
Ten Israeli tourists denied entry to Russia, sent back home

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: Foreign countries are using recon aircraft and drones on our borders

The news comes as Russia continues to show off its air force and air defenses, as well as Russia conducts operations in Syria and tensions with the US and the West remain.

Naama Issachar, who was arrested by Russia and given seven-and-a-half years in prison.
Naama Issachar is back home, but at what price? – analysis

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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, January 30, 2020
Netanyahu, Putin talk Syria, Trump's 'Deal of the Century' in Kremlin

“This visit symbolizes our ties getting even closer,” the prime minister said.

Naama Issachar meets with PM Benjamin Netanyahu after her release, Jan. 30, 2020
Naama Issachar returns home to Israel after Russian prison release

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.

Putin pardons Issachar from prison as Netanyahu heads to Moscow

Issachar expected to return on PM’s plane • Release a gesture by Russian president, no deal was made, Israeli source says

Russian and Israeli delegates meet at the Russia Israel business dialogue forum in Jerusalem, Januar
Russia-Israel trade exceeds $5 billion for second year running

The two nations are working on a free trade agreement to further improve trade, particularly in high-tech.

Netanyahu to Moscow as Naama Issachar pardon goes to Putin

The governor of Moscow signed Issachar's pardon request on Tuesday morning and the document was forwarded to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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