Synopses & Reviews
The companion to the Oscar-nominated documentary, an unparalleled look inside Israeland#8217;s security establishment.
Imagine the following situation: You have just received a tip that six suicide bombers are making their way into the heart of Israeland#8217;s major cities, each one to a different city, to set off an explosion in the most crowded centers of population. How far would you go to stop the attack? How would you sleep at night if you failed and one of the six terrorists reached his target and murdered dozens of innocent people? What would you do the next morning to extract your country from this murderous vicious cycle? For six former heads of the Shin Bet (Israeland#8217;s internal security service), these were not hypothetical questions, but the realities and tormenting way of life for decades.
In The Gatekeepers, which is based on extensive and lengthy interviews conducted to produce the award-winning film of the same name, six former heads of the Shin Bet speak with unprecedented candor on how they handled the toughest and tensest moments of their lives; on matters of life and death; on the missions they were involved in; on the historic opportunities for a better future that were missed by the leaders under whom they served, and the scars each of them bears until this very day.
The Gatekeepers is a piercing and cruel self-examination of Israeland#8217;s security establishment and of a nation that has lived by its sword for so many years but has lost its faith in its ability to lay it down.
About the Author
is an Israeli cinematographer and director. His film The Gatekeepers
was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel.
Ambassador Dennis Ross (Preface) is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Yael Schonfeld Abel (Translator) is a literary translator whose English-to-Hebrew translations include novels by Hilary Mantel, Joyce Carol Oates and Terry McMillan, among many others. She has also translated a variety of nonfiction books on topics including psychology, personal growth and spirituality.