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Dror Moreh’s documentary The Gatekeepers is shockingly lucid. It begins with the claim that the leaders of Israel’s secretive and often ruthless intelligence agency, Shin Bet, have never spoken publicly about their work — until now. The question hangs: Why now? Do these men — there are six — aim to justify their killing in the eyes of history? To remind the world of the innumerable threats to their country’s existence? To affirm the necessity of a hard line against Palestinians who blow up civilian buses and lob missiles over borders? Actually, no. They are different kinds of men, but their conclusions are remarkably similar: that a series of repressive and/or opportunistic Israeli politicians have endangered — perhaps murdered — any chance of a lasting peace. That’s right, folks, it’s the spooks taking the long view. You know the Holy Land is an unholy mess when the professional paranoiacs »

- David Edelstein

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