The great Israeli spy who was just two steps away from becoming the President of the enemy country

The great Israeli spy who was just two steps away from becoming the President of the enemy country
Israel's name is again in discussion all over the world these days, emerged as a small Jewish country in 1948, it has fought its existence on many fronts in the last 70 years. These battles have made them extremely strong as a nation. Surrounded by Muslim nations from all around, this single Jewish country has maintained its dominance throughout the Middle East. The biggest reason behind this hegemony and this trust of Israel is its own intelligence agency 'Mossad' and its brave and spying spies spread around the world, who are ready to give their lives for the country.

One such spy in Israel's history was Eli Cohen, who was sent to enemy country Syria for simple espionage in the 60s. But Eli was so obsessed with serving the country that he set a precedent in the world of espionage. He was so embroiled in the Syrian government that President Amin al-Hafeez was going to make him his defense minister as well. After Eli became the defense minister, he hoped that he would be given the reins of the country after Amin al-Hafeez. But not all stories have a happy ending. The same happened to Ellie, and in April 1965, he was caught red-handed. On the night of 18 May 1965, he was publicly hanged in the Marjeh Square in Damascus. The Syrian government has not yet handed over his body to Israel.

The Israelite for whom Eli Cohen gave his life, in fact, he was not born in that country. Eli was born in 1924 in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Syrian-Jewish family in neighboring Egypt. Eli's father settled here in 1914 from Aleppo, Syria. In the year 1948, when Israel became, many Jewish families of Egypt started moving from here. In 1949, Cohen's parents and three brothers also moved to Israel, but Cohen, studying electronics, decided to stop in Egypt to complete his course. He stayed here and took part in Jewish activities. Although an anti-Semitic operation began in 1951 following a military coup and Cohen was arrested, Egypt could not prove any charges against Eli. Eli then took part in several covert operations for Israel in the 1950s and settled in Israel in 1957.

Two years after coming to Israel, he is married to Nadia. Prior to joining Mossad in 1960, he worked as a translator and accountant. Mossad director general Mir Amit was searching for a special agent to infiltrate Syria. One day he saw the name of Eli Cohen in the list of rejected candidates on the table. When Eli's history was discovered he was considered the most suitable candidate. Cohen was given six months of rigorous training by Mossad and recommended to become a field agent.

Eli's entire mission as a field agent was to remain secret. He told his wife Nadia that he was going abroad to buy furniture of the Ministry of Defense. After leaving Israel, Eli arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961, where he was renamed ... Kamel Amin Tabet ..! Now this name became his identity. According to the plan, relations with its Syrian traders and Syrian embassy military attache General Amin Al Hafeez were established here. He tells them how his parents from Syria spread their business to Argentina and now after his death he wants to return to his native Syria and spend all this money on development there. Avoiding all odds, he finally reached Syria.

Upon reaching Syria, Eli made deep inroads into Syria and began sending the smallest news of the country to Israel via radio transmitter. Eli's connections ranged from leaders to senior officials of the Syrian Army. In 1963 General Amin al-Hafeez's Ba'ath party captured power. To divert attention from this overnight coup, Ellie had a big party at his house, which was filled with alcohol and prostitutes. In this party, he called from army officers to ministers. When everyone's attention was on enjoyed, Eli's 'friend' Amin al-Hafeez became the president overnight.

Eli Cohen now had the desired government in Syria. Eli finds out about many big conspiracies. Eli tells Israel how Syria plans to divert the waters of the two rivers going into the Sea of Galilee, the only source of water for Israel. Israel in a jolt demolished this covert preparation by carrying out an airstrike in southern Syria.

Fed up with successive failures, Syrian President Amin al-Hafeez offered Eli alias Kamel Amin Tabet to become Syria's defense minister. Hafeez did not know that what he is going to make as the defense minister is the root of all his failures.

However, even before Eli became the defense minister, Hafeez's defense adviser Ahmed Suidani suspected that there was a man inside who was spying. Suidani sought a tracking device with the help of the Soviets, who began to detect radio broadcasts in Damascus. In this operation which lasted for 2-3 days, Sudani finally got success. It turned out that Kamel Amin Tabet the entire Syria was relying on is actually an Israeli spy. Suidani entered Ellie's house with full force and caught him red-handed in April 1965 while doing a radio broadcast. Ellie was publicly hanged on May 18, 1965, at the Marjeh Square in Damascus, after nearly a month of torture. Ellie's body hung at the crossroads for 8 hours and people were allowed to shower shoes and slippers on his body.

Eli Cohen, who lives in Damascus, Syria, gave the smallest details to Mossad. Israel had very sensitive information such as what weapons Syria has, when and how many soldiers are deployed, which routes are being used for infiltration. Eli Cohen is still remembered as a hero in Israel. A spy series on the life of Eli Cohen on Netflix is being liked a lot these days.

The Golan Heights on the Israel-Syria border is a strategically important location. The garrison of the Syrian soldiers here was not visible to Israel, so Eli planted eucalyptus trees here with his own money. He took the Syrian Army into confidence that these trees were being planted to protect Syrian soldiers from the scorching heat. After planting these trees, Israel finds out where to attack. Today, Israel occupies more than two-thirds of the Golan Heights.

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