In a phone conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his visit to Israel next week would be curtailed from a week to one day. He would fly in on Thursday, Jan 23, and leave the same night. The two leaders discussed the situation in the region as well as Israel’s request for the early release from prison of an Israeli girl. Na’ama Issacharof was sentenced by a Russian court to seven and-a-half years jail for possession of cannabis. Putin shortened his visit to deal with political issues at home. Dmitry Medvedev resigned on Wednesday as Russian premier, to clear the way for the constitutional reforms the president seeks. He named Federal Tax Service Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia’s new prime minister.