Ya'alon to Briefly Serve as Acting Prime Minister as Netanyahu Undergoes Colonoscopy

Prime minister to be sedated for half an hour in a follow-up procedure after the discovery of a benign polyp two years ago.

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu, in center on left, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and security guards during their visit Monday to see IDF forces stationed near the Etzion Bloc, outside Jerusalem.
PM Netanyahu, in center on left, with Minister Ya'alon during their visit to see the IDF forces deployed in the Etzion Bloc, Nov. 23, 2015. Credit: Emil Salman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be undergoing a routine colonoscopy on Friday, his office has announced.

Since the procedure is being performed under sedation for a period of about half an hour, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon will be acting prime minister for the short duration of the procedure, the Prime Minister's Office said.

In Netanyahu's case, the colonoscopy, in which a tube equipped with a camera is inserted in a patient's lower digestive tract, is being administered following the discovery of a non-cancerous polyp in a colonoscopy performed two years ago.

Netanyahu's personal physician, Dr. Zvi Berkowitz, will be present for the procedure on Friday.