Eli Cohen (center) joins Syrian military officials for a visit to the Golan Heights, where civilians were barred.

Syrian police arrest businessman Kamel Amin Tha’abet at his Damascus home and charge him with espionage. Tha’abet is actually Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who speaks Arabic with an authentic Syrian accent after being raised by Syrian Jewish parents in Egypt. Cohen establishes friendships with senior government and military leaders and provides intelligence that proves crucial in Israel’s victory in the 1967 war. He never sees that success, however: He is publicly hanged May 18, 1965.

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