The Gatekeepers


I finally watched the documentary, The Gatekeepers, about the Israeli Shin Bet. It was nominated for best documentary for last year’s Academy Awards.

The Shin Bet is Israel’s internal security agency. Viewers hear about everything from Shin Bet history to the morality of torture and political assassinations through interviews with six men who ran the agency. They talk with admirable frankness about their successes and failures over the past 45 years in a war against terrorism, where there was no strategy, only tactics so that Israel may end up winning every battle but lose the war.

The movie is as depressing as it is a remarkable; a must see in-depth history lesson about Israel and the fight against terror.

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