Bull shit he was depicted as a “victim” rather then a spy. He willingly returned to Syria knowing he might be caught. He was portrayed as relentless but sometimes careless. The end shot of him hanging is just the historical photo portrayed and the real photo shown after. The Syrians were not depicted as brutally killing him but it’s true they publically hanged him. In fact, most israeli spy chiefs never thought there was a chance he wouldn’t be killed. He portrayed as a national hero to Israel, obviously, and not a victim of anything.
I don’t even think the Syrian individuals were portrayed as ‘buffoons’ most were well aware of the political chaos in the leadership, coup by coup. Cohen was just good at convincing people to trust him. Go figure. The movie is straight forward told through Israeli perspective but not unfair to Syria, considering the intelligence he gathered.
Probably one of the reasons the Assad clan became so paranoid and imposed harsh martial law with the soviets teaching them how to have families spying on families, sons on parents, teachers, etc. And they have held that power with an iron grip for over 50yrs.
And regrettably the actions and threats by the fedayeen, Jordan, egypt and Syria made it difficult for Israelis to trust Arab muslims