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Israeli PM Netanyahu undergoes hernia surgery

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara walk out of the hospital after hernia surgery in Jerusalem.

Story highlights

  • The surgery went off without complications
  • He was taken to the hospital after he complained of pain
  • The weekly cabinet meeting has been postponed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to leave the hospital Sunday afternoon after he underwent a hernia operation overnight.

The surgery went off without complications, his spokesman Ofir Gendleman said in a tweet.

Netanyahu, 63, was taken to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Karem in Jerusalem after he complained of pain Saturday. A CT scan confirmed the hernia, his office said.

The weekly Sunday morning cabinet meeting has been postponed as Netanyahu recovers.

Netanyahu, known throughout Israel by the nickname "Bibi," leads the right-wing Likud Party and has been prime minister since 2009. He served an earlier term as prime minister from 1996 to 1999.