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Putin Hangs Netanyahu Out to Dry Over Hashish Jailing

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Vladimir Putin never misses a chance to pounce on perceived geopolitical weakness, even when doing so might contribute to the downfall—and potential incarceration—of an old acquaintance like Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Russian leader has snubbed repeated requests from his embattled Israeli counterpart to free Naama Issachar, a 26-year-old army veteran sentenced to 7 1/2 years in jail for transporting a small amount of hashish in her checked luggage transiting a Moscow airport during a layover in April. She was flying back to Tel Aviv from New Delhi after a backpacking trip to India that included a course in yoga.