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This Photo of Benjamin Netanyahu in the Hospital Is AI-Generated

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
6th April 2024
This Photo of Benjamin Netanyahu in the Hospital Is AI-Generated
This image of Netanyahu was created using AI (X)

The Claim

A photo shows Benjamin Netanyahu in the Hospital.

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Social media users widely circulated an image of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu undergoing surgery in the hospital. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral image and found it to be fake.

No reliable media outlets published the image or made claims regarding Netanyahu's demise or serious condition. Misbar’s investigative team found the image to be AI-generated.

This Image of Netanyahu Was Created Using AI

The image of Netanyahu in the hospital during the ongoing war on Gaza is AI-generated.

Upon closer examination, several indicators suggest that the image is AI-generated. 

The man's shoulder appears abnormally turned up, unlike the relaxed position expected of an unconscious person under sedation. In addition, the tube appears to lead nowhere, blurred objects, and discrepancies in textures. 

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AI-image of Netanyahu in hospital.

Moreover, Benjamin Netanyahu's official X account posted a video on April 2 featuring the Israeli Prime Minister making a statement from the hospital. In the video, Netanyahu appears to be in good condition, stating that he is recovering and continuing to work from the hospital.

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A screenshot of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s post on X.

Netanyahu Underwent Successful Hernia Surgery

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underwent successful hernia surgery at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem following a meeting of the war cabinet. 

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A screenshot of the Times of Israel’s article.

The surgery took place late Sunday, with Netanyahu, 74, under full anesthesia. During the operation, Justice Minister Yariv Levin assumed temporary leadership of the country. 

A statement from doctors and Netanyahu's office confirmed that the surgery had proceeded as planned and had been successful. Professor Alon Pikarsky, the hospital's director of general surgery, reported that Netanyahu was awake, recovering, and engaging with his family.

Israel’s Violence on Gaza Escalates

The recent escalation of Israeli violence has led to a death toll of at least 33,037 individuals in Gaza as of March 25, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

Recently, an Israeli airstrike struck a residential block in the Al Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, resulting in the deaths of at least two individuals and injuring 14 others, as reported by hospital officials. 

In a separate airstrike in the Al-Janina neighborhood of Rafah, a pregnant woman and her two young daughters lost their lives. In Beit Hanoun, at least four Palestinians were killed after Israeli artillery fire targeted an area near a school that was sheltering displaced civilians, according to paramedics from Kamal Adwan Hospital.

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