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Netanyahu clears calendar due to mild flu

Heeding doctors’ advice, prime minister cancels Tuesday’s scheduled appointments in order to recuperate

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem. November 23, 2016. Photo by Miriam Alster /Flash90
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem. November 23, 2016. Photo by Miriam Alster /Flash90

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled most of his scheduled appointments Tuesday due to slight illness.

Doctors advised Netanyahu to rest as he is suffering from mild flu, so the prime minister decided to take the rest of the day off after meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

Netanyahu and his wife had been due to attend a ceremony at the Hatzor air force base to thank the international fire and rescue forces who assisted in extinguishing the fires over the past week.

Netanyahu was also scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Global Forum of the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.

In addition, a security cabinet meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening to discuss the impending evacuation of the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona was postponed until Wednesday morning.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (L) in Jerusalem on November 29, 2016. (Haim Zach / GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (L) in Jerusalem on November 29, 2016. (Haim Zach / GPO)

The evacuation of Amona, which the High Court of Justice ruled must take place by December 25, is highly contentious and has led to a standoff between members of the cabinet.

Amona, founded in 1995 on a hill near Ramallah in the central West Bank, is home to about 40 families. It is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts — built without permission but generally tolerated by the government — that dot the West Bank.

Earlier this month the prime minister underwent a gastrointestinal medical procedure and was sedated for half an hour during what was described as routine monitoring.

In August, Netanyahu received a clean bill of health at his annual checkup. In the annual medical report for the prime minister, his personal doctor, Dr. Tzvi Berkovich, reported the premier’s health to be “excellent,” and said that Netanyahu maintains a “healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits.”

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