Defense Minister Benny Gantz entered surgery early Wednesday for a herniated disc he sustained during his army service, his office said.
Gantz decided to undergo the operation as his back pain increased in recent weeks and his doctors recommending that he not put it off any longer, Channel 12 reported.
The defense minister arrived at Tel Hashomer’s Sheba Medical Center Tuesday evening to undergo a series of routine tests ahead of the surgery.
Recovery time is expected to be a few days, during which Gantz will work from his hospital bed.
Gantz is being temporarily replaced by Minister Michael Biton (Blue and White).
Ahead of the operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Gantz to wish him well. The two are embroiled in a bitter dispute over the budget that risks plunging Israel into another election campaign.