Israel's Netanyahu postpones trips to Turkey, Cyprus following pacemaker surgery: state media

Israel's Netanyahu postpones trips to Turkey, Cyprus following pacemaker surgery: state media
Netanyahu underwent surgery on Sunday to have pacemaker fitted following complaints of dizziness.
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Netanyahu's surgery has prompted him to postpone two upcoming international vists [Getty]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has postponed trips planned to Turkey and Cyprus after being hospitalised and getting a pacemaker, Israel's N12 news reported on Sunday.

Netanyahu's office had no immediate details on the report.

The Sheba Medical Center performed the surgery on the Israeli premier, a statement from his office said earlier, while Deputy Prime Minister Yariv Levin stood in for him.

The procedure was reportedly carried out under sedation.

The operation comes as Netanyahu, 73, had been discharged from the same medical centre after a night of hospitalisaton following complaints of dizziness a week ago.

The 73-year-old was due to travel to Turkey on 28 July to hold talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Netanyahu was due to be received days after Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was due to travel to Turkey.

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Netanyahu's visit would be the first by an Israeli prime minister since Ehud Olmert in 2008.

According to a statement from Erdogan’s office, the two leaders were due to discuss "the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as other topical international issues."

Turkey's talks with Israel come as peace talks between Tel Aviv and Palestine have stalled amid an intensified violence in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem this year, which has killed over 190 people.

However, relations between Turkey and Israel were restored last year following years of tension after Israeli commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara ship in 2010, killing 9 Turkish citizens on board the flotilla carrying aid to those in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the Israeli premier's planned trip to Cyprus on Tuesday was for a summit with Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, according to The Times of Israel.

Reuters contributed to this report.