Israeli president undergoes surgery for hernia (AP) Associated Press) By IAN DEITCH JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 05/11/12 12:59 pm ET)
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JERUSALEM – Israeli President Shimon Peres´ office says the 88-year-
old is "feeling well" after undergoing surgery Friday for a hernia
discovered during his state visit to Canada earlier in the week
Peres spokesman Ayelet Frisch says that the hernia was discovered
halfway through the president´s week-long trip that started last
She said Peres´ personal physician Dr. Rafi Valden treated him during
the visit. Peres continued with his work schedule in Canada as
planned, Frisch said, giving interviews and meeting officials who did
not know about his condition.
Peres returned to Israel as scheduled Friday afternoon and was taken
to a hospital near Tel Aviv for surgery soon after landing, Frisch
"The operation was fully successful and the president is awake and
feeling well," she said after the procedure. "President Peres will
remain at Tel Hashomer hospital over the weekend and is expected to
be released on Sunday," she said.
Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is known for his long work days
and busy schedule.
Peres was elected to parliament on the Labor Party ticket in 1959 and
held a succession of Israel´s most senior posts, including the
premiership and the defense and foreign affairs portfolios. He is
associated with generally dovish policies.
In 2007, he was elected for a seven-year term in the nonpartisan,
largely ceremonial office of president. (© 2012 The Associated Press
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