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Netanyahu jokes with backpacker freed from Russian prison: No stopovers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu jokes with Naama Issachar as she returns to Israel after her early release from a Russian prison.

“You know what the lesson is? No stopovers,” Netanyahu says on the plane.

Issachar, 27, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison after some 10 grams of cannabis were found in her luggage during a layover in Moscow as she returned to Israel from India last year.

She was pardoned yesterday by Russian President Vladimir Putin after months of lobbying by Netanyahu for her release, which comes ahead of Knesset elections on March 2.

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