Though conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians are undeniable, there are more moments of harmony than we often hear about – such as the moving reunion that took place last week in Jerusalem.
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.
The baby’s father was quick to voice his gratitude.
“I appreciate everything that IDF soldiers did, and they were praying for my boy,” the baby’s father said. “They gave him first aid and took him by helicopter to Hadassah, even though he is not Israeli but Palestinian.”
Gershoni said the army’s medical treatment of Palestinians in such cases was unexceptional.
. . . “Everyone who needs care is taken care of,” Gershoni emphasized.