Daily Israel Report

Ben-Eliezer Fully Awake

MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer is awake and alert after a serious illness, and could be released from hospital in the next few days.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/27/2011, 8:32 PM / Last Update: 3/27/2011, 9:23 PM

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MK Binyamin “Fuad” Ben-Eliezer (Labor) is fully conscious after falling seriously ill earlier in the month, doctors said Sunday. Ben-Eliezer, 75, remains hospitalized in Assaf HaRofeh.

His condition is currently defined as stable, and if he continues to recover, he may be released within days, the doctors said.

On Friday Ben-Eliezer was put into an induced coma and moved to intensive care when his situation worsened. His stay in hospital began more than two weeks ago during a bout with pneumonia.

On Thursday, the Hebrew-language daily Yediot Aharonot published some of the conversations Ben-Eliezer held with visitors during his hospital stay. He told his friend Daniel Cohen, “I was almost on the other side, I saw what was there, but I decided to come back. Now I'm here.”

Ben-Eliezer also spoke to Labor party secretary Hilik Bar, who said the MK “sounded great, clear, focused – he sounded like Fuad.”

Ben-Eliezer's Hebrew name for prayers is Binyamin son of Pircha.