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Government kingmaker Abbas out of hospital after successful kidney stone removal

Mansour Abbas, head of the Islamist Ra'am party, prays in the northern town of Maghar on March 26, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Mansour Abbas, head of the Islamist Ra'am party, prays in the northern town of Maghar on March 26, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Ra’am party chairman Mansour Abbas, a potential kingmaker following the Knesset elections, has been released from a northern Israel hospital after undergoing a successful operation to remove a kidney stone.

“MK Mansour Abbas is feeling well and being released this morning to his home,” Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Tiberias says in a statement.

Abbas was briefly hospitalized Tuesday at the hospital — also known as Poriya — missing out on the swearing-in of the 24th Knesset.

He was again taken to the hospital on Friday, when he underwent the operation.

“On Friday, we successfully conducted a urological operation to remove the stone from the kidney,” says Dr. Alex Konstantinovsky, head of the hospital’s Urology Unit. “MK Abbas is feeling well and can go back to his home and family.”

Abbas thanked the staff and praised the hospital for serving “residents of the periphery.”

Abbas’s support, likely from outside a government, is seen as crucial to the formation of any potential coalition following the March 23 election. But right-wing parties have been loath to cooperate with the Islamist, non-Zionist party. Religious Zionism, led by Bezalel Smotrich, has ruled out the possibility entirely. Some right-wingers accuse Abbas of being a supporter of the Hamas terror group.

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