The Gatekeepers


An absorbing doc charting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Shin Bet is Israel's MI5, the semi-secret intelligence outfit charged with security and counter-terrorism. 

Filmmaker Dror Moreh persuaded six former heads of the organisation to speak on camera about their experiences in the job and reflect, with startling frankness, on the Israeli government’s perennial mishandling of the Palestinian question. 

With vivid use of found footage, Moreh fills in the historical background since 1967’s Six-Day War, but it’s the ex-spooks’ comments that stick in the memory.

“We wanted security and got more terrorism,” muses former naval officer Ami Ayalon. “We win every battle but lose the war.”

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