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Netanyahu to undergo hernia operation under full anesthesia

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been diagnosed with a hernia and will undergo surgery on Sunday evening, the prime minister’s office said.

The hernia was diagnosed during a routine examination on Saturday evening, Netanyahu’s office revealed. After Netanyahu consulted with his doctors, it was decided that the best course of action was to surgically repair the hernia in a hospital on Sunday evening.

The operation will be performed under full anesthesia and Netanyahu will remain unconscious during the procedure, the office said. Meanwhile, Yariv Levin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, will serve as Israel’s interim prime minister.

No further details about Netanyahu’s diagnosis were immediately provided.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu was diagnosed with a hernia on Saturday and was scheduled to undergo surgery under full anesthesia at a hospital on Sunday evening, his office said. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun/Pool/File)

The 74-year-old’s doctors said he was in good health and kept a busy schedule throughout Israel’s nearly six-month war against Hamas. Last year, Netanyahu underwent surgery to have a pacemaker implanted following a health issue.

Last week, Netanyahu canceled a trip by a delegation of senior Israeli officials to Washington after President Biden’s administration failed to veto a U.N. resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and making it a condition that Hamas first release all the hostages.

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Tensions between the United States and Israel are rising as the Biden administration has repeatedly warned Israel not to proceed with an invasion of Rafah. (AP photo, file)

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The Israeli leader issued an ultimatum to the United States, warning that he would cancel the meeting if the United States did not veto Monday’s UN resolution. The United States abstained rather than vetoing, allowing the resolution to pass.

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The Biden administration insists its support for Israel has not changed since the Hamas terrorist attack on October 7.

Anders Hagstrom of Fox News contributed to this report.

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