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."
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.
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.
“This visit symbolizes our ties getting even closer,” the prime minister said.
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.
Issachar expected to return on PM’s plane • Release a gesture by Russian president, no deal was made, Israeli source says
The two nations are working on a free trade agreement to further improve trade, particularly in high-tech.
The governor of Moscow signed Issachar's pardon request on Tuesday morning and the document was forwarded to Russian President Vladimir Putin.