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Sara Netanyahu has appendix removed successfully

PM’s wife said recovering well after operation, with her husband by her side

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara at a welcoming ceremony for the Brazilian president at Ben Gurion Airport on March 31, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara at a welcoming ceremony for the Brazilian president at Ben Gurion Airport on March 31, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister’s wife, underwent a successful operation overnight to remove her appendix following an infection, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Netanyahu is currently hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center and is recovering well, the PMO said.

The office added that Benjamin Netanyahu had been with his wife prior to the operation and was by her side again on Friday morning.

It said the couple thanked the public for many well-wishes sent Sara’s way.

Netanyahu’s hospitalization came after she had been in the news in recent days amid allegations that she had a signed legal contract with her husband that gives her sweeping control over national affairs, including allowing her to sign off on appointments of the heads of Mossad, Shin Bet and the Israeli military. The Netanyahu family has strongly denied the claims.

President Reuven Rivlin wished Netanyahu a “speedy recovery and good health” in a tweet Thursday. Opposition Leader Yair Lapid also tweeted well-wishes, saying: “Feel well.”

Sara Netanyahu, 63, is a controversial figure in Israel, often portrayed as having iron-clad control over the prime minister. She has also been repeatedly accused of abusing staff at the Prime Minister’s Residence and convicted of misusing public funds as part of a plea deal in a case involving allegations she illegally procured and then misreported catering services at the Prime Minister’s Residence.

She is also a central figure in Case 1000, the corruption cases against her husband which involves suspicions Netanyahu illicitly accepted some $200,000 in gifts such as cigars and champagne from two billionaires — Hollywood-based Israeli movie mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian magnate James Packer.

The Netanyahus have repeatedly denied all the allegations against them, railing against the courts, prosecution and media for what they term a “witch hunt.” They allege the state prosecution, police, media and opposition are framing him in an attempted political coup.

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