Palestinian Family Thanks IDF For Saving Baby Son’s Life

For such smart people who are accused of ethnic cleansing others, we seem to really suck at it.

An emotional reunion has taken place at a Jerusalem hospital between a Palestinian family and the IDF medical officer who saved the life of their baby son as they crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan into Israel last weekend.

The baby was reported to have suffered a cardiac arrest at the crossing on Saturday morning. An IDF medical team led by 23-year-old Lt. Ronen Kessler quickly arrived at the scene and performed CPR before the baby was evacuated by helicopter to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, Kessler and division medical officer Moran Gershoni visited the family at the hospital.


Gershoni said the army’s medical treatment of Palestinians in such cases was unexceptional.

“Yesterday we performed CPR on a 16-month-old infant with a candy stuck in its throat. On Friday were were treating an injured Palestinian who was brought to the base gate in an unconscious state,” she said.

“Everyone who needs care is taken care of,” Gershoni emphasized.

Kessler added that the IDF does not differentiate between “blood and blood;” “that’s what we swore and what we do every day.

“The world probably will not see these images,” he reflected, stressing that “they represent the real army, and our values.”

Lt Kessler has a point. Not one mainstream media outlet has reported this as of the time of this post.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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