Hazan: I was hovering between life and death

Outspoken Likud MK discusses his recent hospitalization and plans for his political future.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Oren Hazan
Oren Hazan
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MK Oren Hazan (Likud) revealed on Monday that he was “hovering between life and death” during his hospitalization last month, when he underwent emergency surgery at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

Hazan was asked in an interview with Channel 20 about the circumstances under which he underwent surgery and was hospitalized, and replied, "I work very hard, I do not have to prove it. Everyone can see it, everyone watches my work both in the Knesset and outside it, from morning to night, and my body ultimately signaled to me and told me to stop. I tore some internal vein. No one knows what and how."

"Doctors believe it was a blood clot. I had internal bleeding, I went in for surgery under general anesthesia,” he continued. “It was amazing to me to see, when I found myself hovering between life and death, that there were those who claimed I was faking regarding my health..."

Referring to claims in the media that he had lied with regard to the circumstances of his hospitalization, Hazan said, "I never released any statement. What happened is very simple: It turns out that many people are interested in me. Before I could even get to the hospital there was already a television crew there."

“I never released any statement,” he stressed. “The media contacted my family and my assistants and received a definite answer on what happened: I went into surgery for a torn vein. By the way, today as well, and that's why I said I’m still recovering, I have another vein with an occlusion. Apparently I joined the big ones: They say Hillary [Clinton] has a blood clot and so does [Shimon] Peres, to whom I wish a speedy recovery, so I have a vein with a clot and I am taking blood thinners, it will pass soon.”

The controversial MK, who has already caused a few firestorms in the Knesset resulting in his being reprimanded by the Knesset Ethics Committee, was asked about his future political plans.

“I'll go as far as possible to serve the people of Israel ... when I was 12, I actually said, 'Someday I will be prime minister of Israel.' Today I say I'm aiming to get as far as I can. I cannot tell you if I will a minister or even more than that. More than that means prime minister, but there are also other places you can go,” said Hazan.