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Naama Issachar

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to stop in Moscow on Wednesday as he travel home to Jerusalem from Washington DC, where he stood with President Donald Trump as he unveiled his Middle East peace plan, “Peace to Prosperity.”

The Prime Minister’s Office had not mentioned the stopover in any previous itinerary.


The latest appeal by Israeli American backpacker Naama Issachar, currently imprisoned on drug charges in Russia, was accepted this week by the Moscow Region Pardon Commission who reviewed her request for a pardon. Moscow Governor Andrei Vorobyev signed Naama’s pardon request Tuesday.

The young backpacker was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after she was caught in the airport with marijuana in her luggage while transiting through Moscow from India on her way to Israel.

“The necessary legal proceedings are in progress so that the president can make his decision on this issue in the near future,” the Kremlin told media in a statement on Tuesday.

It now remains only for the request to be signed by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who reassured Naama’s mother during his recent visit to Jerusalem during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum that everything “will be alright.”

As a result, there is now much speculation that perhaps Netanyahu will bring Naama Issachar back with him to Israel when he is scheduled to arrive on Thursday.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.