Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a ceremony in memory of Mossad agent Eli Cohen, on the 50th anniversary of his execution in Damascus. President Reuven Rivlin, Mossad Director Tamir Pardo, former Mossad directors, senior Mossad officials and members of the Cohen family – including his widow Nadia and their three children, and his siblings – also attended the ceremony, which was held at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
Following is an excerpt from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks:
"Two years after Eli’s death erupted the Six Day War, in which the value of the intelligence information that he succeeded in obtaining was proven. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol said that, ‘The actions of Eli Cohen saved the State of Israel many brigades of soldiers.’ Eli Cohen saved many brigades of soldiers. How many mothers, Nadia, were spared what you went through, thanks to Eli.
Our presence on the Golan Heights is – to this day – of great importance. Imagine the Syrian army or rebel forces or extremist Islamic terrorist organizations or Hezbollah, under the command of Iranian generals, coming down from the Golan Heights to the Kinneret and the valleys of the north. Thanks to Eli Cohen this has been prevented."