Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken to the hospital on Saturday after feeling dizzy, according to his office, which added that it appeared the veteran Israeli leader was dehydrated.
Netanyahu, 73, continued to undergo medical examinations at Israel’s Sheba Hospital, according to his office.
His office announced in a joint statement with the hospital that Netanyahu had visited the Sea of Galilee, a popular tourist destination in northern Israel, on Friday. With temperatures in the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit), the country is experiencing a summer heat wave.
According to the statement, Netanyahu began experiencing “mild dizziness” on Saturday and was instructed by his doctor to visit Sheba Hospital near Tel Aviv. Netanyahu’s seaside residence in the coastal city of Caesarea is well over a half-hour drive from the hospital.
“All preliminary tests were normal, and no abnormalities were discovered,” the statement said. Initial evaluation reveals dehydration.
According to the report, physicians advised that he remain in the hospital for additional testing.
Netanyahu is the longest-serving head of Israel. He has served in office for multiple terms spanning 15 years. His current government, composed of religious and ultranationalist parties, assumed office in December of last year.
Netanyahu is said to be in generally good health, although he was hospitalized momentarily last October after feeling ill during prayers on Yom Kippur, the day when observant Jews fast.
Tens of thousands of Israelis have conducted weekly protests against Netanyahu’s government in opposition to his plan to reform the country’s judiciary.
According to Netanyahu’s allies, the proposal is necessary to limit the authority of unelected judges. However, his opponents argue that the plan will damage the country’s fragile system of checks and balances and concentrate power in Netanyahu and his allies’ hands.
Yair Lapid, the leader of the Israeli opposition, issued a statement wishing Benjamin Netanyahu a “full recovery and good health.”
“Feel better,” Lapid said on Twitter.