Netanyahu released from hospital after apparent dehydration

The PM urged the public to "spend less time in the sun and drink more water."


Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits at a factory of Synergy Cable Company in Sderot, southern Israel, April 20, 2023. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו ביקור מפעל שדרות

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was released from the hospital on Sunday afternoon after reportedly suffering from dehydration.

The prime minister was kept at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan overnight Saturday for observation after being admitted to the emergency department earlier in the day apparently suffering from dehydration. The weekly Cabinet meeting, which usually takes place on Sunday mornings, was accordingly postponed to Monday.

During Netanyahu’s hospitalization, doctors implanted a heart monitoring device, also known as a subcutaneous Holter, which will be used for routine monitoring.

The 73-year-old briefly lost consciousness in his private home in Caesarea and subsequently hit his head on the floor before checking himself into the emergency room.

His personal physician, Dr. Zvi Berkowitz, attended Sheba Medical Center and described the prime minister’s condition as “good and stable.”

Following his arrival at the hospital, Netanyahu reportedly underwent a brain imaging procedure to rule out brain damage as a result of the fall, in addition to an examination by a cardiologist.

In a video shared on social media after the end of Shabbat, the prime minister clarified: “Yesterday I spent some time at the Sea of Galilee with my wife, in the sun, without a hat, and without water. Not a good idea.

“Thank God, I’m feeling very good,” continued Netanyahu, while urging the public to “spend less time in the sun [and] drink more water.”

In recent days, Israel has been experiencing a scorching heat wave, with temperatures reaching as high as 38° (100°F) in the South.

In October, Netanyahu spent a night at the hospital under medical observation due to chest pains that began while he was attending Yom Kippur synagogue services. Medical tests all came back normal, Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem said at the time.

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