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Shai Piron Photo: Noam Moskovich
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Minister Piron rushed to hospital from PM's plane

Education minister complains of chest pains during flight with prime minister's entourage from Poland to Israel; doctors say no sign of heart attack

Dr. Itay Gal
Published: 06.13.13, 22:13 / Israel News

Education Minister Shai Piron was rushed to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva immediately after landing in Ben Gurion airport Thursday evening.


Piron suffered chest pains during the flight back from a visit to Auschwitz, but medical officials informed that Minister Piron's condition is stable and from tests conducted so far, there is no evidence of a heart attack.


The officials further added that the Rabin Medical Center is still awaiting final results of Piron's blood tests and that the minister is expected to be kept overnight for observation.


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Piron received medical treatment at the scene and was evacuated by the Magen David Adom emergency services. He is to undergo a series of tests at the hospital, and if it will be found he had indeed gone through a heart attack, he will undergo a cardiac catheterization. Piron's spokesperson informed that the minister is feeling well, disembarked from the plane on his own and is communicating with those around him.


שר החינוך פירון עם יו"ר מפלגתו לפיד (צילום: נועם מושקוביץ)

Piron with Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid (Photo: Noam Moskovich)


The Airports Authority spokesperson said: "A few minutes ago, the prime minister's plane landed. During the flight back from Poland, Education Minister Shai Piron did not feel well. The aircraft was in contact with the control tower and the coordination center. Upon landing, an MDA intensive care ambulance was called."


Along with several other ministers, Piron accompanied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a visit to Poland and the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.


At a ceremony that was held at the former death camp, Netanyahu said: "The Allied leaders knew about the Holocaust as it was happening. They understood perfectly what was taking place in the death camps. They were asked to act, they could have acted, and they did not."


Netanyahu further added: "For us Jews, the lesson is clear. We must not stand idle before the threats of annihilation. We must not bury our heads in the sand, or let others do our work. From here, the place that provides testimony for the will to eradicate us, I, the prime minister of Israel, the Jewish state, tell all the nations of the world: The State of Israel will do whatever is necessary to prevent a second Holocaust."


Gilad Morag contributed to this report.



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