Netanyahu twice ‘smuggled’ to hospital for routine tests, amid elaborate deceptions
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Netanyahu twice ‘smuggled’ to hospital for routine tests, amid elaborate deceptions

Security guards disguised as pest-controllers for one visit, TV report says; another involved a pita-delivery van; prostate tests found nothing untoward

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2015. (Alex Kolomoisky, Pool)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2015. (Alex Kolomoisky, Pool)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was twice “smuggled” into the hospital late at night for medical checkups in recent months — once in a vehicle disguised as a pita-delivery van; and once in a vehicle disguised as a pest-control van with his security guards dressed up as pest-controllers as they surrounded him, Israeli television reported Monday night.

The medical tests, which Netanyahu’s personal doctor reportedly confirmed were routine prostate exams, found “nothing uncharacteristic for a man of his age.” One of the tests was carried out before the March 17 elections, and the second a few weeks ago, the report said.

The Channel 2 item claimed that Netanyahu, 65, was lightly anesthetized “and therefore essentially sleeping” during the tests; his doctor said he was not given anesthetics and was fully alert throughout.

The tests took place at the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, an ultra-Orthodox hospital in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, and were administered by a Dr. Gatt and a Dr. Goren.

Netanyahu’s personal physician Dr. Tzvi Berkovitz said reports on the prime minister’s medical procedures were provided a month ago to the relevant authorities as required.

The Channel 2 report did not explain why Netanyahu was taken to a relatively obscure hospital, and why such elaborate security deceptions were involved.

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