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Benjamin Netanyahu To Undergo Emergency Surgery, Deputy PM Will Assume Command

This just in: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu will be undergoing emergency surgery tonight.

Saturday evening, he was diagnosed with a severe hernia during a health check-up.

The procedure to remove it will require 74-year-old Netanyahu to go under full anesthesia.

In his absence, deputy PM and minister of justice Yariv Levin will be filling in.

Take a look at the breaking news:

NBC News has more details on the emergency procedure:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says the Israeli leader will undergo surgery on Sunday for a hernia.

Netanyahu’s office said the hernia was discovered during a routine checkup, and that the prime minister will be under full anesthesia and unconscious for the procedure.

In a news briefing Sunday, Netanyahu took the time to thank people who checked in on him following his diagnosis.

“I promise you that I will go through this treatment successfully and will be back in action very quickly,” he said.

Fox News also reported:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was diagnosed with a hernia and will undergo surgery Sunday night, the prime minister’s office said.

The hernia was diagnosed during a routine checkup Saturday night, Netanyahu’s office revealed. After Netanyahu consulted with his doctors, it was decided the best way forward was to surgically repair the hernia at a hospital Sunday night.

The operation will be performed under full anesthesia, and Netanyahu will be unconscious during the procedure, the office said. During this time, Yariv Levin, deputy prime minister and minister of justice, will be the acting prime minister of Israel.

No further details about Netanyahu’s diagnosis were immediately provided.


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