Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews killed during World War II, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on April 17, 2023. (AFP)

Israel’s Netanyahu taken to hospital after feeling unwell, undergoing assessments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews killed during World War II, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on April 17, 2023. (AFP)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was admitted to hospital on Saturday with dizziness from apparent dehydration but was in good condition, his office said, and there were no indications of a potential handover of power.

The 73-year-old, who is Israel’s longest-serving leader, had been on holiday at the Sea of Galilee on Friday during a heatwave, his office’s statement said.

On Saturday, he was taken to Sheba Hospital in the town of Tel Hashomer, close to his private residence in coastal Caesarea. Israeli media said he was fully conscious en route to Sheba and that he walked into the emergency room.

Channel 12 TV said he had suffered chest pain but there was no confirmation of that. He was not undergoing sedation and no procedures were underway to declare him incapacitated, it added.

Netanyahu’s office said he was admitted on his physician’s recommendation after complaining of “light dizziness.”

“Initial tests came back normal, without findings. The preliminary diagnosis is dehydration,” it said, adding further routine tests were underway. An earlier statement said his condition was fine.

It was not immediately clear who might replace Netanyahu in the event of an emergency succession.

When then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was felled by a stroke in 2006, he was succeeded by his deputy, Ehud Olmert. Justice Minister Yariv Levin has stood in for Netanyahu during foreign trips.

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