Reports: Legendary spy Eli Cohen’s remains on the way back to Israel
The remains of legendary spy Eli Cohen, a Mossad agent who infiltrated the upper echelons of the Syrian military in the 1960s and was eventually caught and hung by the Syrian government, is reported to be on a plane to Russia with the eventual destination of Israel.
The reports have not yet been denied by any Israeli party.
The IDF censor has now authorized the publishing of the reports, although it is unclear how reliable they are.
Last year, the Mossad regained the wristwatch of Eli Cohen. The watch had been held by Syria after Cohen was executed.
Eliyahu Ben-Shaul Cohen, commonly known as Eli Cohen, was best known for his espionage work in 1961–1965 in Syria, where he developed close relationships with the political and military hierarchy and became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defense.
Syrian counter-intelligence authorities eventually uncovered the spy conspiracy, captured and convicted Cohen under pre-war martial law, sentencing him to death in 1965. The intelligence he gathered before his arrest is said to have been an important factor in Israel’s success in the Six-Day War.
The reports come just two weeks after Russia helped return the body of Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel, who went missing in the 1982 First Lebanon War, ending a 37-year search.