Thinking Aloud: “The Gatekeepers”

Sept. 15,  2014 by Darius 

This weekend, I finally saw The Gatekeepers, an Israeli documentary built around interviews with all six surviving heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency.

The Gatekeepers is divided into seven roughly chronological segments, each of which covers an important moment or period in the history of the Shin Bet and Israel itself.  All are valuable, and all are important for an understanding of where the Shin Bet and Israel are today, how they got there, and where things are going.

The six directors of Shin Bet, appointed by different political parties across several decades, present a remarkably coherent and consistent picture of the challenges facing Israel and how Israel’s political leaders are failing to meet these challenges.  Each offers his own insights based on his own personal experiences, but the conclusions they draw are remarkably similar: talk with Palestinians, make peace.

The film is about 90 minutes long, which is 90 minutes well spent if you care to learn more about Israel and the Palestinians, past and possibly future.

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