Israeli Army Chief Released From Hospital After Cancer Operation

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot's recovery expected to take two weeks, hospital says.

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.
Tomer Appelbaum

Israeli army's Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot was released from hospital Saturday evening after doctors removed a cancerous growth from his prostate on Thursday.

Prof. Jack Baniel, who head the Urology Division at the Beilinson Hospital said that Eisenkot's recovery is expected to take two weeks.

While he is recovering, deputy IDF chief of staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan will take over.

A military official said Monday that Eisenkot is functioning normally and that his health doesn't affect his schedule or performance.

On Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that Eisenkot's term as Israel Defense Forces chief of staff will be extended by an additional year to four years. Lieberman's statement said that the decision was reached together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that it will be brought to the cabinet for approval in 10 days.