According to Eli Cohen’s daughter, who announced on Monday, a formal request to the United Arab Emirates to assist in securing the repatriation of the infamous Israeli spy’s body to the Jewish state will be made.
In an interview with the Arabic-language network i24NEWS, Sophie Ben-Dor said, “I am asking the Emiratis, who occupy a bigger place… in the international arena, to assist us to negotiate, and to ask and achieve agreements with the Syrians to return my father’s remains.”
“It appears like a strange channel, and it’s an Arab channel. Additionally, I believe we will have more precise responses.
“The family will formally appeal to the Emirati ambassador to Israel, Mohamed Al Khaja,” she continued.
Cohen, an Egyptian-born spy who worked for Israel in Syria under the guise of Kamel Amin Thaabet, even relocated to Argentina to assume the identity of a businessman from Syria.
He made friends with critical Syrian figures and rose to the position of adviser to the Syrian defense minister, feeding Israel top-secret information that was crucial to Israel’s success in the Six-Day War.
When Cohen’s true identity was revealed in 1965, he was given a hurried trial and executed in front of the people.
The son of the former president of Syria, Amin al-Hafiz, Khalid al-Hafizdh, reportedly promised to help the Mossad locate Cohen’s remains in exchange for $1 million, but the spy agency declined his offer, according to New Zealand’s Newshub in 2019.
Al-Hafiz ruled Syria at the time Cohen was put to death.
According to the report, Al-Hafidh did not assert that he knew the location of Cohen’s remains but claimed to be the son of the “only person on this planet” who did and was prepared to “attempt” to assist in the search.
Nadia Cohen, Cohen’s widow, has repeatedly asked Syria to repatriate her husband’s remains, even as recently as the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
The last telegram Cohen sent to the intelligence service was made public for the first time earlier this month by Mossad Director David Barnea.
The telegraph, made public during the opening of the Eli Cohen Museum in Herzliya, is dated February 19, 1965, which is thought to be the day Cohen was apprehended.
Cohen describes a conference of the Syrian General Staff that included al-Hafiz that took place the previous evening.