Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was discharged from hospital Sunday afternoon, after undergoing a successful emergency hernia surgery overnight and being cleared by doctors.
“Thank you all, I feel very good,” Netanyahu said as he left Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem Sunday
Earlier in the day, hospital director Yuval Weiss cleared Netanyahu to return to work in a phone call with cabinet secretary Avichai Mandelblit, thus relieving Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon of his duties as acting prime minister while Netanyahu was unavailable.
“I would like to thank the professional and dedicated medical staff that took care of me, and all citizens who took an interest in my well-being,” the prime minister said in a statment, adding “I continue to constantly see to your peace and security.”
Netanyahu, 63, was said to have felt abdominal pain Saturday evening, prompting his personal physician Tzvika Berkovich and surgeon Aryeh Durst to examine him. A CT scan showed he had an umbilical hernia and doctors immediately decided to operate.
The prime minister was scheduled to oversee a ministerial meeting Sunday to finalize the first stage of the release of Palestinian prisoners as part of the resumption of peace talks, but the Prime Minister’s Office said that the session would be chaired by Ya’alon.
The weekly cabinet meeting, regularly scheduled for Sunday mornings, was postponed to Monday.