Sunday, August 11, 2013

Prayers for Bibi

Prayers are needed for the recovery of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his emergency surgery last night. According to Jewish tradition, the Hebrew name of the patient’s mother is invoked to call for greater mercy from the Almighty and we therefore have in mind today the immediate and complete healing of “Binyamin the son of Tzila Netanyahu” so that he can quickly return to his important work in leading the State of Israel.

 Netanyahu underwent successful hernia surgery on Sunday and could be discharged by the end of the day, yet his doctors have noted he will need a few days to fully recover.

During the overnight procedure, which took around an hour and required general anesthetic,Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon temporarily assumed the 63-year-old premier’s powers, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

Yuval Weiss, director of the Jerusalem hospital where the surgery took place, said the operation was ordered at short notice as a precaution against Netanyahu’s condition deteriorating. Netanyahu's office said late on Saturday he had been diagnosed after complaining of abdominal pain.

“The prime minister feels well after the operation,” Weiss told Israel Radio. “He is now fully conscious.”

Weiss predicted Netanyahu would be released by Sunday evening, but said he would require several days of home rest. “He will be able to hold meetings and discussions at home. He has to be a little limited in terms of physical activity,” he said.

The Prime Minister, “Binyamin the son of Tzila” was given the Biblical name Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel mentioned in Genesis 35. In his childhood, he was given the nickname “Bibi” which has stuck ever since. Tzila is a popular Israeli woman’s name which means in Hebrew, “in the shadow of God.” We pray that Prime Minister Netanyahu remains the shadow of God as he recuperates from his operation.

(Post taken from Breaking Israel News )

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