Israeli premier fitted with pacemaker ahead of crucial vote

Israeli premier fitted with pacemaker ahead of crucial vote

Prime Minister’s Office says Netanyahu in good health after operation, expected to be discharged

ISTANBUL (AA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underwent a successful surgery early Sunday to be fitted with a pacemaker, local media reported.

The operation was held at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan a week after Netanyahu was hospitalized for dehydration and had a heart monitoring device implanted, and on the eve of a crucial parliament vote to pass into a controversial judicial reform.

“Around 4 a.m., the hospital said the procedure — performed by Prof. Roy Beinart and Prof. Eyal Nof — was completed successfully and without complications,” The Times of Israel said, adding that Netanyahu was in good condition and that he would “stay for observation at the cardiology department at Sheba.”

The Prime Minister’s Office also confirmed that the operation was completed successfully, he was feeling good and was expected to be discharged.

Israel has been in political turmoil in recent months over the planned judicial reform, with the opposition accusing the government of a power grab in favor of executive authority.

The legislation has drawn intense opposition, with hundreds of thousands protesting and some reservists saying they will halt their volunteer duty if it goes ahead.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Netanyahu separately in Türkiye next week.

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