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Netanyahu hospitalized after feeling unwell while fasting on Yom Kippur

One report says former PM – released on Thursday morning – had chest pains

Portrait of then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his residence in Jerusalem, March 18, 2021. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the frontrunner in the upcoming election, was released from a Jerusalem hospital on Thursday morning after checking himself in on Yom Kippur when he experienced chest pains, according to a Hebrew news site.

"Former Prime Minister Netanyahu felt unwell while praying at synagogue. He underwent a series of tests on site that came out normal and he now feels well," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

The 72-year-old opposition leader was kept overnight for observation.

“Feeling well and thanking everyone for the support and the love,” Netanyahu said on social media Wednesday night adding the traditional Yom Kippur greeting, “Gmar Hatimah Tovah (May you be inscribed in the Book of Life).”

Israel's Kan broadcaster quoted an unnamed source as saying the prime minister experienced chest pains.

Shaare Zedek Hospital said in a statement that upon his arrival, Netanyahu “underwent an assessment and a wide-ranging series of tests, all of which came out normal.”

“Former prime minister Netanyahu is feeling well, and after consultations, it was decided that he would stay in the hospital overnight for observation,” the statement said.

Netanyahu began to feel unwell during on Yom Kippur during prayers at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem and decided to get himself checked at the hospital.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid wished his opponent in the Nov. 1 election a quick recovery.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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