Netanyahu advised to rest after hospitalization

Prime minister tells supporters he intends to join his coalition's legislation of the first judicial overhaul bill, ignoring physicians; PMO insists official statements on Netanyahu's condition were not misleading

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was released from the Sheba Medical Center on Monday after undergoing a surgical procedure to implant a pacemaker in his body and was advised to rest at home for 48 hours and refrain from exertion for up to two weeks. On Sunday, Netanyahu said he intended to join his coalition's efforts to pass the first bill in his judicial overhaul, in a post on social media.
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Netanyahu was hospitalized late on Saturday a week after being fitted with a monitor to detect irregularities to his heat beat after he reportedly passed out. When the monitor detected another episode of slowed heartbeat, the prime minister was rushed to the hospital once again to undergo the surgical procedure.
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בנימין נתניהו בסיום הניתוח להשתלת קוצב לב
בנימין נתניהו בסיום הניתוח להשתלת קוצב לב
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in social media post on Sunday
According to his office, the surgery was not pre-planned although the possibility that it would be necessary was discussed. However, the officials insisted that Netanyahu was initially hospitalized due to dehydration and not because of an irregular heartbeat, in line with their official announcement last week.
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בית חולים שיבא תל השומר
בית חולים שיבא תל השומר
Sheba Medical Center
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"We insist the prime minister suffered from dehydration last Saturday," the officials said. "The doctors were concerned that there may also be a problem with his heart rate and decided to fit him with a monitoring device. As we've already stated, the prime minister's cardiological tests were normal. We have been transparent," they said.
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