The Arrest of Naama Issachar Is a Lesson in Russian Malfeasance and Israeli Naïveté

Oct. 23 2019

Six months ago, an Israeli backpacker named Naama Issachar—en route home from India— was arrested during a layover in Moscow for possession of a small amount of marijuana. Last week, a Russian court sentenced her to seven-and-a-half years in prison despite pleas from the Israeli president and prime minister. Ruthie Blum comments:

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Forty Years after Israel Ceded the Sinai, the Territory Remains a Source of Trouble for Egypt

Last month, Egypt celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula, which it had lost in the Six-Day War. Since then Cairo has not used the territory to launch attacks against the Jewish state, but it has once again become a bastion of terror—most of which has been associated with Islamic State and aimed at the Egyptian government. Jonny Essa and Ofir Winter examine the situation in the Sinai, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s recent speech on the subject, and the implications for Israel:

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More about: Egypt, General Sisi, Islamic State, Sinai Peninsula