Naama Issachar's mother: Stop the planned protests, this is a sensitive time

Naama Issachar's mother thanks supporters but asks them not to protest during the Russian President's visit to Israel.

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Yaffa Issachar
Yaffa Issachar
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Yaffa Issachar, mother of Naama Issachar who is imprisoned in Russia, announced on Sunday evening that she intends to cancel all the protests that had been planned during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Israel this week.

"Because of the sensitivity of the situation, and because of the appreciation and respect I have for those engaging in the negotiations for Naama's return, and after seriously considering it – a few minutes ago I instructed to cancel for the time being all the protests that had been planned for the next few days," Issachar wrote in a post.

She added, "A short time ago, I landed in Israel, and I would like first of all to thank you on my behalf, and on behalf of Naama, who still does not really know about your tremendous support, the activists, and the entire Israeli public. We are in a critical, fragile and sensitive week for Naama's fate. For many months, you managed to bring public awareness of Naama's story to the forefront, raising the demand for her release to unprecedented heights. The public atmosphere you created with your own hands also led the Israeli government to work towards Naama's release, and the Prime Minister publicly pledged to do so."

"In a few days, President Putin will visit Israel, and I pray that he will answer my request and the request of the entire Israeli public, and bring Naama home. I want you to understand the sensitive situation we are in. We are experiencing a rollercoaster of rumors that change their hue every few hours. It's also a mental roller coaster, for my family and me," Issachar wrote.

Addressing her supporters, she noted, "You have done a wonderful job so far. It is time to let the negotiations between the countries come to fruition. I am optimistic, you should be as well. Naama and I, along with the entire family, thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

26-year-old Naama Issachar, a dual US-Israeli citizen, was arrested last April during a layover in Moscow, while flying back to Israel from India.

After nine-and-a-half grams of marijuana were found in her baggage, Naama was arrested and tried on drug smuggling charges.

While Naama denied the allegations, she was found guilty by a Russian court and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Issachar appealed her sentence in December, but the court rejected her appeal.

On Thursday, reports said that Putin was planning to pardon Naama Issachar prior to his departure for Israel on Tuesday.