The Gatekeepers: Exposing Israel's Dark Side
Former Shin Bet head reveal ugly crimes.
by Stephen Lendman
Dror Moreh is one of Israel's leading cinematographers. Last October, his documentary featuring candid dialogues with former Shin Bet heads debuted in New York.
In early 2013, other Western venues will show it. Over the weekend, it premiered at Tel Aviv's Cinematheque.
Segmented titles include Forget Morality, Collateral Damage, and One Man's Enemy is Another Man's Freedom Fighter.
Interviews with six former Shin Bet heads were shown. They attended the Israeli premier. Joseph Cedar's drama Footnote was included. More on film content below.
On December 18, Haaretz headlined "Israeli film makes critics' best of 2012 list, moves closer to Oscar."
It's won other international awards. It stops well short of telling all. It's still must viewing. It reveals what Israeli supporters need to know. Palestinians, of course, can explain best.
New York Times and Los Angeles Times film critics call it one of the best 2012 documentaries. It made the Academy Awards' short list.
On November 25, New York Times film critic AO Scott headlined "Six Israeli Spymasters on a Shadowy Past and a Dark Future," saying:
They're retired. They reflected "about past triumphs and frustrations." Avraham Shalom, Yaakov Peri, Carmi Gillon, Ami Avalon, Avi Dichter, and Yuval Diskin were interviewed.
They approved the film. Their views reflected former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's warning that Israel faced national suicide if decades of occupation didn't end.
Extremist settlers reflect much about Israel's dark side. Messianic interlopers have no place in civil society.
Perhaps fears of Israel's demise motivated them to speak. Doing so may help save the country, they likely feel. Gillon said "We are making the lives of millions miserable."
Outspoken Israeli intellectual Yeshayahu Leibowitz (1903 - 1994) warned that governing occupied "foreigners" would transform Israel into "a Shin Bet state."