Netanyahu at Cabinet meeting Dec 15 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underwent a routine colonoscopy on Wednesday,
during which a small polyp was completely removed from his colon.
procedure was carried out in the morning at Jerusalem’s Shaare Tzedek Medical
Center by the head of the gastroenterology department, Dr. Eran
Netanyahu, 64, was released from the hospital and spent the
afternoon working from home. He has meetings scheduled on Thursday, including
with US Secretary of State John Kerry Netanyahu’s authority as prime minister
was briefly transferred to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman while the prime
minister was under sedation.
Wednesday’s test completed Netanyahu’s
annual check-up, with the PMO quoting his personal physician, Dr.
Herman- Berkowitz, as saying the prime minister’s blood, sugar, and
blood-pressure tests were all normal. The statement said the prime minister
maintains a healthy life-style, including proper nutrition and regular
He recently underwent a stress test that found him in the top
ten percentile for his age group.
On Friday night Netanyahu checked into
Hadera’s Hillel Yaffe Hospital complaining of headaches and sinus pressure, and
was released two-hours later after undergoing an examination. In August he
underwent an emergency hernia operation.
Annual public reports on the
prime minister’s health were instituted by former prime minister Ehud Olmert
following the strokes that incapacitated his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, in 2005
and 2006. At the time there was criticism that the public was not made aware on
a regular basis of the prime minister’s health condition.