“I started to talk to them. Have you had something to drink? Would you like tea or coffee?”
Grandmothers are amazing. EAT EAT EAT!
Hamas terrorists held Rachel and David Edri hostage for over 15 hours this weekend in Ofakim, which is not by Gaza.
How did Rachel and David survive?
Food! It started with cookies and coffee but turned into lunch:
“I started to talk to them. Have you had something to drink? Would you like tea or coffee?” she offered, seeking to distract them.
Meanwhile, an elite police force had arrived outside their house, accompanied by her police officer son, who had gotten word of the attack and rushed to his parents’ house. An officer attempted to negotiate with the terrorists to get Rachel released, to no avail.
“No, we will all die,” one of the terrorists responded to an offer to speak with his family by phone, she related.
Edri had the police negotiator bring in coffee and cookies, which they placed at the edge of the room.
“It was like we were in a dream and we did not know what would happen to us,” she recounts.
As the time passed, Edri was concerned that her captors would get agitated due to hunger, and offered them lunch.
Then Rachel talked to the terrorists, making small conversation. She asked them where they lived.
Rachel also used a headache as an excuse for holding up her hand. She really showed a negotiator the house had five terrorists.
One terrorist left and died in the gunfire.
Later on, Rachel offered to tend to a terrorist’s injury on his hand and gave him more food:
As the afternoon wore on, Edri offered to bandage the injured hand of one of the terrorists, and, seeking to soothe him, brought him water as well as some canned pineapple. “You look pallid, “she told him. Take something to eat; you will feel better.”
Special forces eventually rescued the Rachel and David:
At night, Edri was near her husband on the couch, with the four terrorists less than two feet away. In the early morning hours, the rescue team, aided by a drone and the outline of the house that their son had drawn, burst into the home through the roof with a special rescue dog, killing all four terrorists. The Edris escaped unscathed. Rachel’s only injury was an inadvertent scratch from the dog.
“I just don’t know how I am alive,” she recounted on Sunday. “I just don’t know how I am living.”
You can watch the video here: 20 hours with terrorists at home: “I offered them coffee, to distract them”
Rachel Edri, an elderly woman from Ofakim was held hostage for 15 hours by a group of 5 militants.
“Sweetie, you look pale, you need to eat” she recounts telling the guy in charge and offering them a full meal.
When the Israeli commandos stormed the house the 5 militants were… pic.twitter.com/SahcU6vFbT
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