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Netanyahu delays trips to Cyprus, Turkey following surgery

After the PM "underwent a medical procedure, a follow-up of several weeks became necessary."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, June 14, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, June 14, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday postponed his planned trips this week to Cyprus and Turkey, after undergoing surgery to implant a cardiac pacemaker.

“After Netanyahu underwent a medical procedure, a follow-up of several weeks became necessary. The state visits have been delayed,” a source in the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Netanyahu was scheduled to Cyprus on July 25 and return the next day. He was set to travel to Turkey on July 28, in the first visit to Ankara by an Israeli premier since 2008.

Last week, King Mohammed VI of Morocco invited Netanyahu to visit the North African country for the first time.

Netanyahu underwent a cardiac pacemaker implantation procedure at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan overnight Saturday.

Doctors said the operation was successful. The 73-year-old Netanyahu is expected to be discharged on Monday morning.

In a video message released ahead of the surgery, Netanyahu said that he was feeling “excellent” and following the advice of his doctors. He added that he expected to be released in time to attend scheduled Knesset votes on legislation related to his government’s judicial reform effort.

However, the weekly Cabinet meeting was ultimately postponed to Monday.

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