Netanyahu Injured During Jewish-Arab Friendly Soccer Match

As part of project to encourage tourism in Israel, Netanyahu slips on soccer field, PM's office reports he will wear a cast for a few weeks.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's week of filimg for the international tourism TV show "The Royal Tour," was unexpectedly put on hold on Monday, as Netanyahu injured his leg during a friendly soccer game.

After filming at Rosh Hanikra on Friday, Netanyahu brought the show's host, Peter Greenberg to a soccer game between Jewish and Arab youth in Jerusalem. Netanyahu took the field in athletic apparel. While running on the grass, Netanyahu unexpectedly slipped and injured his leg.

Netanyahu's participation on Greenberg's show, on which Greenberg travels with heads of state to selected sites in their respective countries, is part of a Tourism Ministry project to encourage tourism in Israel.

The Prime Minister's office reported that despite the injury, Netanyahu continued playing and even scored a goal. Upon returning home, Netanyahu was examined by an orthopedist, Dr. Leon Kaplan, who suspected that Netanyahu tore a tendon in his leg. Later that evening, Netanyahu underwent a CT scan at Hadassah University Hospital, on Mt. Scopus, which determined that Netanyahu indeed tore a tendon in his left leg.

The Prime Minister's office stated that Netanyahu will have to wear a cast for several weeks. Netanyahu cancelled his schedule for the rest of the day, however plans on returning to his office on Tuesday. Plans for later in the week included Netanyahu taking Greenberg on a tour of Tel Aviv bars later this week, as well asclimbing Masada – which if it happens, will probably be done by cable car.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing soccer on Monday.Credit: GPO

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