The Gatekeepers

Finally caught up with this documentary, which I’ve known about for most of this year but haven’t been able to catch. It sounds improbable. Radical Israeli film maker interviews six previous heads of the Israeli secret service, who piece together a withering indictment of current Israeli policy. They’re a mixed bunch, canny and ruthless as you’d expect, talking calmly about Palestinians being beaten to death, or neat assassinations they have planned. But they’re also scathing about the lack of clear overall strategy, the dishonesty of government spokesmen, and the huge cost to Israel – let alone the Palestinians – of the current occupation. This ought to be shown on mainstream TV, at least once a week.