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Tales of Bravery: Rachel Adari, The Coffee and Cookie Lady

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As you have already probably figured, in order to keep my/our sanity, I want to also post positive and inspirational stories and not just the doom and gloom.

Here is one such tale of heroism, the kind for which Israelis are becoming increasingly renowned.

Meet Rachel Adari.

On Saturday, five armed Hamas gunmen invaded Rachel and David Adari’s home in the southern Israel town of Ofakim, the couple said, as part of large-scale surprise attacks that killed at least 800 people and resulted in hundreds of civilians and military personnel taken captive.

David Adari told Israel’s Channel 12 News that the gunmen forced the couple upstairs and threatened to kill them.

“I said to my husband, if we will die, we will die together,” Rachel Adari told the outlet in Hebrew.

She said she tried to buy some time in the hope that her son, a police officer, would help Israel’s YAMAM counterterrorism force rescue them.

“I saw they were mad, and I asked them if they were hungry,” she said. “I made them coffee and gave them cookies. They started singing [Israeli singer] Lior Narkis songs to me. I distracted them. I knew my son was helping the YAMAM and that they would come rescue me.”

Israeli special forces killed the Hamas militants and freed Rachel and David Adari after they had been held for 15 hours.

“At 2:30 a.m., a grenade landed next to us, and I jumped on top of my wife,” David Adari said. “Bullets flew over our heads. I have no idea how we survived.”

Amid gruesome videos and accounts from survivors of the carnage, Rachel Adari has become a national hero for her unconventional tactics, spawning memes celebrating her courage — and her cookies.

“On Google Maps they already rated “Rachel’s Cafe” in Ofakim: great service, awesome coffee. Hot and fresh cakes. Nice and warm woman. 10/10,” X user @Amimezzz posted on Sunday.

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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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