Netanyahu discharged from hospital in good condition

Prime minister released from hospital following successful surgery for umbilical hernia. Expected to resume all official responsibilities within a few days

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was released from Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.


Netanyahu was hospitalized overnight and successfully underwent an umbilical hernia surgery. His recovery is expected to take several days.


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Upon leaving the hospital, the prime minister thanked the medical staff and said: "I feel very well, thank you to everyone."

Netanyahu leaving hospital (Photo: Kobi Gideon, GPO)


Sunday's cabinet meeting has been postponed but a ministerial committee vetting the prisoner amnesty would still meet, chaired by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. In Netanyahu's absence, Ya'alon served as acting prime minister.


On Sunday morning, several hours after the operation and following a conversation between Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital director Dr. Yuval Weiss and Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mendelblit, it was decided that Netanyahu was fit enough to have all his powers restored.


"He will be able to hold meetings and discussions at home. He has to be a little limited in terms of physical activity," Weiss said.


In a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu said: "I would like to thank the professional and dedicated medical team who treated me. I would also like to thank all of the citizens who wished me good health. I, too, continue to make your well being and safety my main interest."


Omri Efraim contributed to this report.



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