Begin’s Hospital Stay Extended

Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin will remain in the hospital for a few more days. But there is no cause for concern over his health, Dr. Yonatan Halevy, director general of Sha’are Zedek Medical Center, said Monday.

Begin was hospitalized there on Aug. 16, a few days after celebrating his 76th birthday. He had complained of “weakness,” so a series of tests was ordered.

Halevy said the tests revealed that the sodium level in Begin’s blood was down. That condition has been corrected.

Doctors decided to use Begin’s “rare” presence in the hospital to conduct more extensive tests, Halevy said.

For that reason he is being kept longer than the two or three days originally announced and will be released “within the next few days,” Halevy said.

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