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Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu has Polyp Removed

Prime Minister underwent an annual gastrointestinal test. He was briefly hospitalized Friday.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/1/2014, 10:48 AM

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underwent medical testing Wednesday and had a polyp removed. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was appointed as his temporary replacement.

The test was a routine gastrointestinal checkup that Netanyahu undergoes every year, in order to complete the medical report he submits to the public.

A small polyp was removed from his large intestine in the course of the tests.

Liberman's appointment was approved after a telephone survey of the ministers was conducted by the government secretariat.

On Friday, Netanyahu arrived at Hillel Yafe Hospital in Hadera after feeling ill. He was reportedly suffering from a cold and a headache. He was checked by Prof. Eran Goldin, who heads the hospital's Gastrointestinal Unit, and was diagnosed with sinusitis. He was released to his home after two hours of testing.

Netanyahu's personal physician, Dr. Tzvi Herman Berkovich, said that Netanyahu's tests, which included cholesterol, lipids and sugar levels, found no problems. Netanyahu's heart rate is fine, at 80/120, and he maintains a healthy lifestyle and enjoys good nutrition. Netanyahu trains several times a week and recently successfully passed a physical fitness exam that placed him in the top decile (10 percentiles) of his age group.

In August, Netanyahu underwent a umbilical hernia operation at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, after feeling pain. At that time, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon filled in for him.