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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Jan. 21, 2018

PM Benjamin Netanyahu was admitted to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital on Tuesday evening for an examination after not feeling well, suffering from coughing fits and a high fever.

Doctors are deciding, based on the test results, if the prime minister will be staying in the hospital overnight. So far, his X-Rays have come back OK.


Update #1: The doctors would like Netanyahu to spend the night in the hospital for observation. Channel 10 is reporting that the hospital would like to keep him there for a few days.

Update #2: 11:30 PM Netanyahu was given fluids and the doctors hope to release him in a few hours time.

Update #3: 11:53 PM Netanyahu was released from the hospital and sent home. He was diagnosed with a minor viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

Netanyahu was ill two weeks ago, and his personal physician, Dr. Berkovitz, believes Netanyahu didn’t rest enough to give his body a chance to fully recover, and as a result his symptoms worsened.

Statement from the Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Tuesday, 27 March 2018), underwent a series of tests at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, where he was treated by staff physicians Dr. Alon Hershko, Prof. Alon Moses and Dr. Asher Salmon. The Prime Minister – who went to the hospital due to a high fever and cough – was also accompanied by his personal physician, Dr. Tzvi Berkovitz.

Prime Minister Netanyahu finished the series of tests and was discharged and sent home. The tests indicated a minor viral infection of his upper respiratory tract. The doctors recommended rest and medication.

Netanyahu released a personal message, “Thank you all for your concern! I’m on my way home, sure a little rest and hot soup will set things right. Good night.”

Refuah Sheleima to Binyamin ben Tzila.