“Israel always did and will always do everything to bring its citizens back,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday. Because last week a young Israeli woman had to be freed from captivity in Syria. The 25-year-old got to Syria on February 3rd from previously unknown circumstances and was arrested there on suspicion of espionage. Russia stepped in to negotiate between Syria and Israel. (Russia supports the ruler Bashar al-Assad while maintaining good relations with Israel, which in turn is bombing Assad allies in Syria.)
The official price for their liberation: two Syrian shepherds recently arrested on terrorism charges, who are allowed to return home.
The London-based Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, which has a wide reach and good relations with the Saudi royal family, reported a “secret clause” in the Russian deal between Israel and Syria.