Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken to hospital, feeling unwell. He’s conscious and his office says he’s fine. The prime minister is said to be suffering from chest pains.
Netanyahu was at his residence in the coastal city of Caesarea when he became unwell, about 30 kilometers north of Tel Aviv. According to the Israeli news site Otherwise He fainted at home, but regained full consciousness in the hospital.
The prime minister is undergoing checkups at Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv. Preliminary tests did not find anything unusual; The initial diagnosis is dehydration. Doctors recommend that Netanyahu continue to undergo routine examinations. That’s what his office says.
He wasn’t going to be anaesthetized and there was no transfer of power at any point. This was reported by the Israeli TV channel Keshet 12. According to the channel, the prime minister is suffering from chest pains. Israel is currently in the middle of a heat wave, with temperatures in the mid-30s.
Also in October last year, the 73-year-old prime minister was already hospitalized. He was also reported to have experienced chest pains, this time while visiting a synagogue on the occasion of Yom Kippur, Israel’s most important religious holiday.
Netanyahu is Israel’s longest-serving leader. He served as prime minister for several terms, totaling fifteen years. His current far-right government took power last December. Shortly thereafter, he introduced a controversial bill to reform the legal system, sparking one of the largest protest movements the country had ever seen.
The bill limits the powers of Israel’s Supreme Court and gives Parliament more clout. Under the plan, the Supreme Court is no longer allowed to overturn decisions of the government, ministers and elected officials by calling them “unreasonable”. Critics fear the bill will lead to corruption and the arbitrary occupation of high office. Earlier this week, Parliament approved the proposal on a first reading.
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