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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Undergoes Surgery

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underwent surgery on Sunday for a hernia.

Netanyahu, 74, had the operation following a meeting with the war cabinet.

The Times of Israel reports:

Doctors and Netanyahu’s office said in a statement at around 1:30 a.m. that the surgery had gone as planned and had been a success.

“He is awake, recovering and speaking with his family,” said Prof. Alon Pikarsky, the hospital’s director of general surgery, who worked on the prime minister.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the hernia was discovered during a routine checkup on Saturday evening. His office did not say where in the body the hernia had been discovered, although they are most common in the abdomen and hip areas.

An official at the PMO said Sunday afternoon that the prime minister was feeling well and was following his planned schedule, which included a meeting with the families of female IDF soldiers held hostage in Gaza, as well as the war cabinet meeting.

The prime minister suffered a ‘transient heart block’ last year and underwent surgery to be fitted for a pacemaker.

Netanyahu previously had a hernia in 2013 that required surgery, CNN noted.

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Per CNN:

The surgery meant Israel’s leader was temporarily out of action with the nation at war with Hamas in Gaza following the October 7 attacks. Israel’s deputy prime minister and justice minister, Yariv Levin, stepped in for Netanyahu while he was incapacitated.

In a news conference Sunday in Jerusalem ahead of the surgery, Netanyahu said he was optimistic about the results of the procedure and that he will return to work “very quickly.”

“I assure you that I will get through this treatment successfully and return to action very quickly,” Netanyahu said.

The operation took place amid renewed talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo, according to a report in Egyptian media.

The negotiations to secure the release of the remaining Israeli hostages held by the militant group in exchange for a ceasefire in the conflict that has seen more than 32,000 Gazans killed had reached an impasse last week.

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