Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday met with Medical Association Chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman, who has been on a hunger strike for the past 10 days. The meeting, however does not appear to have helped secure a solution to the health crisis.
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The prime minister's bureau said that Netanyahu expressed concern over Dr. Eidelman's condition and asked him to stop his hunger strike. The Medical Association chief said at the end of the meeting, "I very much respect the prime minister and appreciate his request but I am not stopping the strike."
He added: "I asked him to personally intervene in negotiations but I have yet to receive an answer. All in all, the tone of the meeting was very positive and I very much hope Netanyahu will intervene as soon as possible to bring about a swift solution."
Meanwhile, High Court judges decided to postpone a hearing regarding the doctors' strike to next Monday when a ruling will be issued.
During Tuesday's hearing on the matter, Supreme Court President Beinish told a Medical Association representative, "the impression I'm getting is that you're not really interested in negotiations. One gets a feeling that in your case the strike is the actual purpose."
Attila Somfalvi contributed to this report
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