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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to undergo hernia surgery

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Jerusalem, February 18, 2024.

Ronen Zvulun | Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced that the Israeli leader would undergo surgery on Sunday for a hernia.

Netanyahu’s office said the hernia was discovered during a routine examination and that the prime minister would be under full anesthesia and unaware of the procedure.

Justice Minister Yariv Levin, a close confidant who also holds the title of deputy prime minister, will serve as acting prime minister during the operation, the office said.

Netanyahu, 74, has had a busy schedule throughout Israel’s nearly six-month war against Hamas, and his doctors have said he is in good health.

Last year, however, doctors admitted that he had concealed a long-known heart problem after implanting a pacemaker.

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