License to Kill
Israel's Top Spy Yossi Cohen Takes Mossad to New Levels
Cohen, Yossi Cohen.
As elegant as Bond, as lethal a killer, Israel’s top spy could probably star in his own Hollywood drama.
Indeed, in Israel they call Cohen, the darkly handsome head of Mossad, “the model.” And those who know the 59-year-old spymaster say he rather likes his nickname.
That’s quite a turnaround for the super-secret world of the Mossad, where historically the personal details of the agency’s serving director have always been hard to come by. It was only a few years ago that Israeli authorities even allowed the publication of the spy chief’s name. But thanks to an unprecedented public relations offensive by the spy agency , a few details about Cohen are leaking out.
Cohen has earned the reputation of a cool, ruthlessly efficient spymaster who directs covert campaigns of assassinations and sabotage against both Iran’s nuclear program and Hamas militants. He’s also a devoted family man, associates say, doting on one son who has cerebral palsy and employing another under his…
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