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Chilling new image shows terrorist with Israeli woman who cooked for them to escape hostage nightmare


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A chilling new image has emerged of an Israeli grandmother being held by a Hamas terrorist in her bullet-riddled home – where she cooked for her captors and engaged them in small talk until she was rescued by her cop son.

Rachel Edri is seen with the terrorist at a table inside her shot-up home in Ofakim, located some 25 miles from Gaza, during apparent negotiations with Israeli police.

The harrowing image was posted on the Telegram channel “South First Responders.”

“While this hostage standoff ended in the terrorists being killed, and the hostages being liberated, many others did not,” the group wrote on the site, where it said the terrorist was in the midst of negotiations with cops.

“We can also see the bullet holes sprayed on the wall from the initial terrorist entry,” it added.

On Wednesday, Edri was one of several Israelis invited to meet with President Joe Biden during his whirlwind visit to Israel.

He thanked her for defending the Jewish state and she gave him a big hug.

Edri and her husband, David, were freed by their son Evi, who is a police officer, after their 20-hour ordeal, during which she fed her captors, baked them cookies, and even asked them for Arabic lessons.

“I knew that if they are hungry, they are angry,” she told ABC News.

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“I told him I had to inject insulin, trying to distract them from the fact I have children who are police officers … I offered them drinks: Coke Zero, water,” she told Haaretz.

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For plying the terrorists with food, Edri has been described as the quintessential Jewish mother — a play on the stereotype of women who overfeed guests.

Israelis also have compared her to the biblical character of Yael, who slays an evil general by offering him food before killing him in his sleep.

Edri’s brother, Shimon Koram, said he was not surprised when he heard about how she handled the horror.

Before the war, Edri was known for her hospitality and generosity while working at a nearby military base cooking meals for soldiers, Koram said.

The two were raised in a working-class family with 12 siblings, a childhood that taught them how to be scrappy, he said.

“We learned to survive and acquired the wisdom of life like street cats. You can see that in how she acted,” Koram said.

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