Netflix will be releasing a six-part series titled “The Spy” on September 6th. The series will portray the life and the incredible achievements of Eli Cohen, one of Israel’s most famous secret agents
Eli Cohen’s character will be played by Britain’s Sacha Baron Cohen, known for his roles in films such as Borat and The Dictator. In addition to Sacha Baron Cohen, the series will star Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Hadar Ratzon Rotem (Homeland) and Waleed Zuaiter (Altered Carbon).
Legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen is considered a national hero. In 1965, he was publicly executed after succeeding to penetrate the highest levels of the Baath Party leadership and the Syrian military. Working under the alias ‘Kamel Amin Thaabet’ the intelligence he passed onto Israel played an important role in Israel’s victory during the Six-Day War.
His hanging was aired live on Syrian television. After his execution, anti-Israel signs were placed upon his hanging body. His body was left to hang for six hours before being buried in the country. His family in Israel never got to give him a proper Jewish burial surrounded by loved ones.
Last summer, the Mossad managed to recover his wristwatch from local Syrians who sold it to them. In an interview with reporters, Cohen’s daughter Sofi Ben-Dor stated: “There was great excitement for it was the only item of dad that came back. We have nothing else besides that.” Eli Cohen is survived by three children, six grandchildren and an elderly wife in her eighties, Nadia.