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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the annual AIPAC conference in Washington DC via video link. March 12, 2024

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday evening to treat a hernia discovered “during a routine examination” on Saturday night, his office said.

The prime minister has designated Justice Minister Yariv Levin to temporarily assume his duties during the procedure, which will be carried out under full anesthesia.


“During this time, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Yariv Levin will serve as acting prime minister,” the statement from Netanyahu’s office said.

Levin also serves as Deputy Prime Minister in the government.

Netanyahu will first attend a meeting of the War Cabinet before going to the hospital for the surgery.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.