Israeli media reports Sunday said that the wife of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas was convalescing in a top Tel Aviv hospital after undergoing surgery. The report by Yeditot Aharonot said that Abbas' wife was being held under heavy security in a private room, with no roommates.
News of the hospitalization comes as Israeli forces conduct an intensive search for three missing Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16) and Gilad Sha'ar (16). In a statement Saturday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the ultimate responsibility for the return of the boys lay with Abbas. The Prime Minister said that he had “demanded that the Palestinian Authority, headed by Abu Mazen (Abbas) - from whose territory the kidnappers came - do whatever necessary to help the hostages get home safely. That is the Palestinian Authority's responsibility.”
Abbas' wife, the report said, was in Assuta Hospital, considered one of the best in Israel. She has been hospitalized since last Thursday, and on Friday underwent a leg operation. She is, according to the report, staying in a private room in the hospital's orthopedic wing. Security guards are on duty 24 hours a day, with no one except for doctors and nurses allowed to enter.
According to a hospital source, officials have not even listed her name on the roster of patients, instead using a pseudonym. “No one here has any idea who she is, and questions about the heavy security by patients and visitors are ignored,” the source said.