Netanyahu undergoes pacemaker surgery amid controversial bill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underwent surgery early Sunday morning to be fitted with a pacemaker, a week after he was hospitalized for dehydration and had a heart monitoring device implanted, and on the eve of pivotal Knesset votes to pass into law the first bill of the government’s highly contentious judicial overhaul.اضافة اعلان

His office similarly said the operation was completed successfully, that he was feeling good and that he was expected to be discharged Sunday, Israeli media sources reported.

A week ago, Netanyahu was hospitalized from Saturday to Sunday after he complained of dizziness following a trip Friday to Lake Tiberias where he acknowledged spending several hours in the sun and in scorching heat “without a hat, without water.”

Just in time for controversial “reasonableness” billNetanyahu's release from the hospital was expected in time for crucial votes on the coalition's controversial "reasonableness" bill, which is part of a wider plan to overhaul the judiciary. The bill has faced strong opposition, with protests and reservists threatening to halt volunteer duty if it passes into law.

Netanyahu expressed hope for reaching an agreement with the opposition over the bill. The surgery prompted criticism over the lack of transparency surrounding the premier's medical condition.

Embroiled in a corruption trialNetanyahu's coalition government has faced internal opposition over its judiciary overhaul plans. He is also embroiled in a corruption trial and faces challenges in his ties with the US.

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