Mossad recovers the wristwatch of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen

Eli Cohen performed brilliant undercover work in Syria, quickly winning friends in the highest military and political circles. From 1962, he climbed the ranks of the Syrian defense ministry to become the minister’s top adviser. In 1965, he was caught and hanged as an Israeli spy. But by then, he had helped the IDF prepare for the 1967 war with information on the Syrian Air Force and army positions on the Golan. As Mossad Agent 566, Egyptian-born Eli Cohen sent his messages in encrypted French through a miniature radio transmitter.

The Syrian authorities took charge of his personal effects. The wristwatch he wore was found and recovered in a recent Mossad operation and presented to Eli Cohen’s family during a ceremony held in his honor a few weeks ago. This moving memento is on display at Mossad headquarters and will be handed to his family.

Mossad director Yossi Cohen said the fallen spy’s memory is part of Israel’s heritage. “We remember Eli Cohen and do not forget. His heritage of dedication, determination, courage and love for the homeland, is our heritage. We remember and stayed close to his family, his wife Nadia and their children.”

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12 thoughts on “Mossad recovers the wristwatch of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 0:46 at 0:46

    My deepest respect for Mossad. They are doing great things for Israel.

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 1:48 at 1:48

    Thank you Mossad

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 2:37 at 2:37

    Israel was offering syrian government money and military equipment for exchange for Eli Cohen. Syrians in response hanged him. They televised the event. Animals they were and are.

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 14:56 at 14:56

    Wasn’t it a Russian radio signal detecting truck operated by Russians in Syria that led to Elie Cohen being caught? Hey Bibi, the lesson from this story is to never trust the Russians in Syria or elsewhere.

    • Jul 6, 2018 @ 20:53 at 20:53

      Nope, not quite so!
      Russian technicians where able to isolate and triangulate his position because of imposing radio silence in all Damascus and surroundings. It means that he had only one layer of defense – the superiority of his radio transmitter. Without a second layer like short bursts of compressed messages combined with an Ok to initiate transmission signal from the Israeli side, who could have monitor for radio silence.
      Anyhow, Eli Cohen and Mossad gave Golan on a plate for IDF to pick, this is what it counts.
      Eli Cohen is a hero, his life saved thousands in the immediate, and who knows how many others. Just imagine back in ’65 a Syrian strong on Golan overseeing down on IDF, possibly shooting from time to time a salve of artillery only for fun, day after day for years.

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 15:04 at 15:04

    In January 1965, Syrian efforts to find a high-level mole were stepped up. Using Soviet-made tracking equipment and assisted by hired Soviet experts, a period of radio silence was observed, and it was hoped that any illegal transmissions could be identified. After large amounts of radio interference were detected and traced to their source, on 24 January Syrian security officers broke into Cohen’s apartment where he was caught in the middle of transmission to Israel. THERE IS A TIMELY MESSAGE IN THIS FOR ISRAEL FROM THE GRAVE (ELIE COHEN) IN SYRIA, DO NOT TRUST THE RUSSIANS SINCE THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS CAPTURE. BIBI WILL WANT TO OVERLOOK THIS FACT FOR CONVENIENCE SAKE WHICH IS IRRESPONSIBLE.

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 17:08 at 17:08

    Well, I guess you’ll go looking for him when you end up there, but I don’t think you’ll find him.

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 19:48 at 19:48

    It is not impossible for an intelligence agency to equal in the future the efficiency of Mossad, they must struggle for this, it is a positive mindset and good challenge. Same as in the case of the paralympics, a one legged runner must always hope of jumping faster than Usain Bolt. Hope is essential. Other aspects like intelligence, resolve, self sacrifice, tenacity, are also good. But impossible to equal.

    • Jul 6, 2018 @ 23:25 at 23:25


      Although I am patently an idiot, with an idiots outlook, I am a ‘jew’ and we ‘jews’ are super men.

  • Jul 6, 2018 @ 20:34 at 20:34

    Spies are hung and left to dry like Jesus. A nice secularist Baathist decided a shared glass of wine is better than old grudges. Rejoice!

  • Jul 7, 2018 @ 15:36 at 15:36

    A great hero had a love for his G-D and his country

  • Jul 8, 2018 @ 0:33 at 0:33

    Its part of the spy game to get cought to get tortured as spies are no soldiers who have certain rights of beeing treated well if cought as they openly wear the uniform and colors of their country. So if soldiers come one can arrest or fight them.
    If a spy comes no one detects him.
    Modern spies have the internet and can just post pictures with encrypted hidden messages in the least significant bits of the colors openly on web services like Facebook or instagramm.
    May it be the famous cat pictures the internet is filled with.
    No Russian direction finding van is needed or successful if Mohamed ibn jihad posts 4 pictures of cats in the park. Maybe Missed likes cat pictures. Who knows. …

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