Netanyahu to have hernia operation

Israeli PM will have general anaesthetic


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on as the US Secretary of State gives statements to the media inside The Kirya, which houses the Israeli Defence Ministry, after their meeting in Tel Aviv on October 12, 2023. Blinken arrived in a show of solidarity after Hamas's surprise weekend onslaught in Israel, an AFP correspondent travelling with him reported. He is expected to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Washington closes ranks with its ally that has launched a withering air campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will undergo surgery for a hernia tonight after the meeting of the war cabinet.

The hernia was discovered last night during a routine check up.

Netanyahu will have a general anaesthetic during the operation.
Israel’s justice minister Yariv Levin will take charge while Netanyahu is indisposed.

A hernia is a bulging of internal organs or tissues through the wall that contains it. It can be of two different types: herniorrhaphy; or hernioplasty. Repairing a hernia is a routine operation with very few risks. But a small number of hernias can come back at some point after surgery. Other potential complications  include blood or fluid building up in the space left by the hernia (this usually gets better without treatment). Patients are usually off work for one to two weeks. 

Share via

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive