The leader of one of the U.S.'s greatest allies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was taken to hospital on Tuesday. The 68-year-old leader was suffering from a high fever and a cough, said his spokesman, reported Reuters. According to ABC News, he was discharged from the hospital shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
He went to the hospital to undergo tests, his spokesman said. According to his personal physician, the prime minister fell ill a weeks ago, and he has not fully recovered. Because he hadn't recovered, he decided he should undergo further tests.
Netanyahu fell ill in mid-March, and his illness was severe enough to force him to cancel his public schedule for five consecutive days.
“The prime minister did not complete the time required in order to recover from the illness he had two weeks ago and therefore the symptoms have gotten worse,” the spokesman said in a text message according to Reuters.
According to the prime minister's office, "the prime minister came to the hospital because he suffered from a high fever and a cough. He finished the series of tests and will be released to his home tonight," reported Haaretz.
After being released after midnight, the prime minister's office shared that the tests show he suffers from a “minor viral infections of his upper respiratory tract.” The doctors, the statement added, “recommended rest and medication.”
They continued, "The checkups attest to a minor infection in his upper airways. The doctors recommended that the prime minister rest and take medicine to treat his condition."
He tweeted reassurances to his supporters on his way home from the hospital. The tweet, which was sent in Hebrew, made sure to note that he'll be OK.
"Thank you all for your concern! I'm on my way home, I'm sure a bit of rest and hot stuff will make things right. Good night."
Netanyahu’s illness comes at a stressful time, and it is possibly worse by it. The four-time conservative prime minister is under police investigation for corruption in three separate cases. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.
"On Monday Netanyahu, his wife and son were questioned by police as part of an investigation into one of the corruption cases in which the prime minister is a suspect," reported Reuters.
In the two other cases, police have already recommended Netanyahu be charged with bribery. The Israeli attorney general will decide whether or not to persecute.
"Surveys have shown that about half of Israelis believe the police over Netanyahu and think he should step down, while a third think he should remain in office. Support for Netanyahu’s Likud party remains strong in opinion polls," added the news agency.