Eli Cohen


Elihu ben Shaul Cohen worked as a Mossad agent in Damascus, Syria, from 1962 until his exposure and execution in May 1965. Because of his skill at building close ties with business, military, and Baath Party leaders, Cohen was able to supply considerable details on Syrian political and military matters. He was hanged in public with the television cameras rolling.

Dr. Wesley Britton provides some interesting materials (PDF files) on Cohen at

Aldouby, Zwy, and Jerrold Ballinger. The Shattered Silence: The Eli Cohen Affair. New York: Coward, McCann, & Geoghegan, 1971. London: Lancer, 1971.

Ben-Hanan, Eli. Our Man in Damascus. Tel Aviv: A.D.M., 1969.

Hockstader, Lee. "Could a Dead Israeli Spy Influence the Talks?" Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2000, A11. []

The writer reports speculation by Israeli analysts that Syria "could have a dramatic effect" on Israeli public opinion concerning the ongoing negotiations between Israel and Syria by returning Cohen's remains to Israel.

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