Netanyahu Recovering from Hernia Surgery

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is recovering from emergency surgery he had over the weekend.

Netanyahu, who is 63, was taken to the hospital with severe abdominal pain on Saturday.

He underwent a successful operation to take care of an umbilical hernia at a Jerusalem hospital on Saturday night.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was appointed acting prime minister while Netanyahu was under full anesthesia.

The surgery took about an hour and the prime minister resumed full control over the country a few hours later.

The weekly Sunday cabinet meeting was postponed and Ya'alon took charge of a ministerial meeting on prisoner affairs.

That gathering approved the release of 26 Palestinian terrorists, most of whom are murderers. The move is part of the recently revived Israeli-Palestinian talks, led by the United States.

Netanyahu is expected to return to a full workload by the end of this week or the beginning of next.

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