Na'ama Issachar was arrested and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for carrying nine grams of marijuana on her connection flight through Russia.
The Prime Minister's Office said that Israeli authorities have been involved in Issachar’s case from the start, clearly telling Russia that the punishment it wants to give her is disproportionate.
Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov this week addressed an event hosted by the Israel Council on Foreign Relations under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress.
Stability in the region – especially in Syria, Lebanon and even Iraq – require that Israel and Russia work closely together.
Touted as a symbol of power by Moscow, the 'Admiral Kuznetsov' had been deployed to the Mediterranean to take part in the Syrian conflict.
Defense Ministry briefing warns against provocations in south and north Syria and condemns US role in eastern Syria
On September 17, Syrian air defenses accidentally shot down a Russian surveillance aircraft while retaliating against Israeli airplanes attacking Iranian assets, killing 15 Russian airmen on board.
This will be the fifth time since Trump took office in January 2017 that Netanyahu will meet with the US president. They last met in Washington in March.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov are scheduled to meet Netanyahu in Jerusalem later in the day.