50 Years Since The The Six-Day-War: Eli Cohen, Master Spy-Forgotten Hero

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Note: In a few weeks Israel will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day-War. From now through the anniversary The Lid will present a series of articles under the headline “50 Years Since The The Six-Day-War, ” with the purpose of telling under-reported stories of the war.  Today’s entry about Eli Cohen present the story of the man known as the greatest spy in Israeli history. Some might even suggest that he was the greatest spy of the 20th century.

On May 18, 1965 fifty-two years ago, Eli Cohen, the Israeli intelligence agent who succeeded in penetrating the highest levels of Syria’s political and military elite before being arrested and convicted of espionage, was executed by hanging in Damascus’ Martyrs’ Square. Israeli spy Eli Cohen was publicly executed by the Syrians. This execution was aired on national Syrian television. After his execution, a sign with Anti-Zionist messages was placed on his hanging…

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