Israeli President Shimon Peres is said to be recovering well and no longer in danger after briefly passing out during a ceremony in Tel Aviv.
The 86-year-old Nobel peace laureate was said by his physician to have collapsed after “standing for a long time” in the evening summer heat.
Ayelet Frish, Shimon Peres’ spokesperson said:
“All the medical checks are okay. I repeat, all is okay. We managed to convince the president to stay at least one night in the hospital. According to his personal doctor, it seems likely that tomorrow morning or noon, he will return to the president’s residence. We hope he will have one day of rest.”
The Polish-born former prime minister is a veteran of left-of-centre politics in Israel, with a career stretching back before the founding of the Jewish state in 1948. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for reaching accords on establishing a Palestinian state.