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Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva-IsraelNationalNews.com website in 1995 and directed its English Media Department for 14 years. Baruch studied and taught at the Bet El Yeshiva Center, later serving as Dean of its Program for Overseas Students and Program for IDF Veterans.
Baruch is certified by the Dor v'Dor Institute to counsel married couples and prepare hatanim for marriage.
I sat with Knesset Member Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz this morning and heard him commenting on the deal to swap some 1,000 convicted terrorists for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
Ketzaleh noted that Gilad Shalit's father Noam visited him several times in his capacity as the Head of the National Union Party. Ketzaleh told him that all of his sons are in elite units of the IDF, and that he would without hesitation support 100% the risking of his own sons' lives in an operation to rescue Shalit. He said that there was a pleasant and respectful relationship between him and Noam Shalit, even though Ketzaleh never verbalized his support for freeing convicted terrorists.
Regarding this week's deal, Ketzaleh told the true story of a young, very attractive girl in Israel who had cancer in part of her face. She begged the doctors to conduct the operation in a way that would not leave a large scar diminishing her beauty. Going into the surgery, she again pleaded with the doctors to go easy on her complexion.
When the doctors cut into her face, they left tiny bits of the growth in place in order not to magnify the scar that would remain, as per the request of the patient. The girl died six months after the operation.
One of the surgeons said that they simply could not stand up to her pleadings.
It appears that the deal is a done deal, and we all look forward to seeing Gilad Shalit reunited with his family and nation.