Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undergo hernia surgery

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says the Israeli leader will undergo surgery on Sunday for a hernia.

Netanyahu’s office said the hernia was discovered during a routine checkup, and that the prime minister will be under full anesthesia and unsconcious for 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 kept a full schedule throughout Israel’s nearly six-month-long war against Haqmas, and his doctors have said he is in good health.

People run away from police during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government outside of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, March 31, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

FILE - Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 14, 2023. AP Washington photographer Jacquelyn Martin recalls how being one of a few female photographers covering news and politics was useful when she was assigned as the press pooler for Blinken's last-minute trip to Israel and the Middle East in the aftermath of the Hamas attacks. Martin said, “Sometimes people not knowing what to make of you works in your favor.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

Last year, however, doctors acknowledged he had concealed a long-known heart problem after they implanted a pacemaker.

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