Netanyahu Reassumes Full Authority as Prime Minister, Hours After Successful Hernia Surgery

Defense Minister Ya'alon had been appointed acting premier during the operation; doctors order Netanyahu to rest and work at home until at least Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassumed full authority of his position on Sunday morning, fewer than eight hours after Defense Minster Moshe Ya'alon took over as acting prime minister while his boss underwent hernia surgery.

Netanyahu is still recovering from the operation, and on doctors' orders, will rest and work from home until Thursday.

The Prime Minister's Office announced just before noon that Netanyahu was examined by doctors over the course of the morning following his surgery at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem.

Dr. Yuval Weiss, The director of the hospital who examined Netanyahu then spoke to Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit, concluding that there was no medical reason preventing the reinstatement of the prime minister's authority.

Netanyahu thanked the hospital medical staff and the Israeli citizens who took an interest in his welfare. "I continue to be concerned for your welfare and your security all the time," Netanyahu said in a statement released by his bureau.

Netanyahu had been sent for operation after personal doctor, Tzvika Berkovitch, and a surgeon diagnosed him with an umbilical hernia. Netanyahu, 63, underwent a subsequent CT scanand doctors scheduled him for immediate surgery that took place around 2:30 A.M. local time.

Surgery lasted about an hour and recovery time took about two hours. Although the operation was originally expected to be conducted with local anesthesia, doctors decided to use general anesthesia.

The cabinet will go ahead with its deliberation on the first stage of a prisoner release later Sunday, Netanyahu's recovery notwithstanding.