Prime minister expected to be in a cast for weeks after tearing a tendon while scoring a goal
By Michael Ireland
Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
ISRAEL (ANS) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered a leg injury on Monday while playing soccer with Jewish and Arab children in Jerusalem, according to Raphael Ahren writing for The Times of Israel (www.thetimesofisrael.com ).
“The prime minister slipped on the turf, got up, continued to play and scored a goal,” a spokesperson for Netanyahu said, the newspaper reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicks a soccer ball at Kraft Stadium in Jerusalem on Monday.
The newspaper said the prime minister cancelled a meeting of the Likud faction in the Knesset later on Monday, the spokesperson confirmed, unwilling to say whether further appointments would be delayed or cancelled as well.
According to the prime minister’s office, Netanyahu’s left leg was placed in a cast after a CT scan revealed a torn tendon. The cast will remain in place for “several weeks,” but he will return to work in his office on Tuesday morning.
The newspaper said the friendly soccer match – during which the prime minister played with Arab and Jewish youths for about 20 minutes at Jerusalem’s Kraft Family Stadium – took place in the framework of Netanyahu’s participation in a television program in which a leader shows his or her country to a journalist.
Award-winning US travel journalist Peter Greenberg’s “Royal Tours” series previously featured the king of Jordan, the prime minister of New Zealand, the president of Peru, the prime minister of Jamaica and the president of Mexico.
The newspaper went on to say that over the past week, Netanyahu spent time with Greenberg, in a bid to boost tourism to Israel.
On Friday, the filming started in Rosh Hanikra, on the northern border. Other highlights included a climb up Masada, visits to the Technion, Jerusalem’s Old City and the beach resort in Eilat, as well as exploring Tel Aviv’s nightlife.
The Tourism Ministry said it hoped for an additional 200,000 visitors after the show is broadcast. “Royal Tours” is watched regularly by 300 million viewers across the globe.
** Michael Ireland is the Senior International Correspondent for ANS. He is an international British freelance journalist who was formerly a reporter with a London (United Kingdom) newspaper and has been a frequent contributor to UCB UK, a British Christian radio station. While in the UK, Michael traveled to Canada and the United States, Albania,Yugoslavia, Holland, Germany,and Czechoslovakia. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China,and Russia. Michael’s volunteer involvement with ASSIST News Service is a sponsored ministry department — ‘Michael Ireland Media Missionary’ (MIMM) — of A.C.T. International of P.O.Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649, at: Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International where you can make a donation online under ‘Donate’ tab, then look for ‘Michael Ireland Media Missionary’ under ‘Donation Category’ to support his stated mission of ‘Trut h Through Christian Journalism.’ Michael is a member in g ood standing of the National Writers Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association, Evangelical Press Association and International Press Association. If you have a news or feature story idea for Michael, please contact him at: ANS Senior International Reporter