Israeli PM Netanyahu released from hospital after successful hernia surgery
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was released from hospital on Sunday hours after undergoing successful hernia surgery, but doctors said he would require several days' rest to make a full recovery.
During the overnight procedure, which took around an hour and required general anaesthetic, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon temporarily assumed the 63-year-old Premier's powers, Mr Netanyahu's office said in a statement.
Mr Yaalon was also slated to head a Cabinet-level meeting on Sunday to select Palestinian security prisoners for release as part of United States-sponsored peace negotiations, the second round of which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Jerusalem.
Dr Yuval Weiss, director of the Jerusalem hospital where the surgery took place, said the operation was ordered at short notice as a precaution against Mr Netanyahu's condition deteriorating. Mr Netanyahu's office said he had been diagnosed after complaining of abdominal pain.