Israel’s Netanyahu goes to hospital for pacemaker. He says he will push ahead with judicial overhaul

July 25, 2023

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed to the hospital early Sunday for an emergency implantation of a heart pacemaker, plunging Israel into deeper turmoil after widespread protests over his contentious judicial overhaul plan. In a brief video statement before the implantation, Netanyahu said he “feels excellent” and planned to push forward with the judicial overhaul as soon as he was released. It also came after a tumultuous day that saw some of the largest protests to date against the judicial overhaul plan. Netanyahu and his far-right allies announced the overhaul plan in January, days after taking office. It was not immediately clear what the hospitalization meant for the judicial overhaul, which has bitterly divided the nation.