Magazine article New Internationalist

The Gatekeepers

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Gatekeepers

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(95 minutes) directed by Dror Moreh

This is an astonishing, deeply revealing and unprecedented documentary. Moreh has drawn together the tough-minded uncompromising men who, from 1980 through to 2011, ran Shin Bet, Israel's secret agency responsible for security within Israel, and in the Palestinian territories occupied after the Six Day War in 1967. Its power lies in the authority of those who speak, and in their bluntly honest testimony.

Their unshakable commitment to the state of Israel goes without saying. They individually recount their methods, including the executions and assassinations they've ordered, and consider acceptable levels of 'collateral damage'. They talk as frankly about the political climate in which they've operated, and, apart from the assassinated Yitzhak Rabin, the verdict on Israel's political leaders is damning. …

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