Army Radio broadcast recordings Sunday of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who gave an interview to Damascus Radio just months before he was executed in May 1965. In it, he was asked why he returned to Syria and general questions such as which music he liked.
"With us today is brother Kamal Amin Ta'abet, who has lived abroad," the Syrian broadcaster introduces Eli Cohen, who lived for many years under the alias in Damascus.
Cohen entered Syria in 1961 and began to work undercover. In time he advanced in social and political status and became one of Damascus's elite.
Cohen used the elite ties he fostered in order to gain information on the Syrian army's deployment in the Golan and conveyed the information to Israel. At the height of his popularity, he served as the deputy minister of defense.
However in 1965 he was discovered and detained by Syrian intelligence. Despite public and covert efforts made by Israel to retrieve him alive, he was tried and publicly hanged just four months after his arrest.