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Bibi's "Mission Impossible" medical escapades

From the 1971 episode of Mission Impossible, “Encore,” featuring William Shatner
From the 1971 episode of Mission Impossible, “Encore,” featuring William Shatner

It’s a scene from dozens of episodes of Mission Impossible.

The pita delivery van pulls up at the hospital.

Out comes the head of state, surrounded by bodyguards.

Together, they stride to an examination for the secret mission: a routine prostate examination.

According to a report this week on Israel’s Channel 2, that scenario played out twice recently, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu starring as the patient.

In the first instance, shortly before the March 17 elections, he was transported to Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, a charedi Orthodox hospital in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, in what appeared to be a pita delivery van.

Shortly after the vote, Netanyahu was taken in a disguised pest-control van. His security guards were dressed as pest controllers.

The prostate examinations reportedly found “nothing uncharacteristic for a man of his age.” Mr. Netanyahu is 65.

Channel 2 did not explain why Netanyahu employed the disguised vehicles.

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