Israeli Heatwave: Netanyahu Hospitalized for Suspected Dehydration
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was hospitalized on Saturday due to suspected dehydration, amidst a scorching heatwave engulfing the country.
According to a statement from his office, initial tests showed normal results, and Netanyahu is reportedly in good condition. He was admitted to the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, after experiencing mild dizziness.
As per doctors' recommendation, he is undergoing additional routine tests and will stay overnight at the hospital for observation. In a video statement, Netanyahu acknowledged his dehydration and advised the public to drink more water while cautioning against excessive sun exposure.
Israel is currently experiencing temperatures in the mid-30s Celsius (low 90s Fahrenheit) and expects them to persist throughout the upcoming week, according to the Israel Meteorological Service. Opposition leader Yair Lapid conveyed his well wishes for Netanyahu's recovery, while the cabinet meeting scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday.
At 73 years old, Netanyahu has been a prominent figure in Israeli politics, leading the center-right Likud Party for nearly three decades.