In a brief statement, Netanyahu’s office said the Israeli leader would be placed under sedation. A senior deputy, Justice Minister Yariv Levin, was to replace him.
Netanyahu’s office made the announcement as Israel faces widespread street protests over Netanyahu’s controversial judicial review plan. The plan triggered months of protests, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets on Saturday night to demonstrate against it ahead of a key parliament vote on Monday.
Levin is the mastermind of the overhaul plan.
Netanyahu’s office said the prime minister will receive the pacemaker at Israel’s Sheba hospital, where he was also treated last week.
Netanyahu said he expected to be released from hospital on Sunday and head to the Knesset, or parliament, before the scheduled vote on his review.
At the same time, he said he hoped to reach an agreement with his opponents.
A pacemaker is used when a patient’s heart beats too slowly, which can cause fainting, according to the National Institutes of Health. It can also be used to treat heart failure. By sending electrical impulses to the heart, the device raises or keeps a person’s heartbeat at a normal rate, allowing the heart to pump blood around the body at a normal rate.