This documentary centers on six men, who in turn have served as executive directors of Shin Bet, the Israeli secret service. As such, have been responsible for the massive surveillance of Palestinians, as well as of settlers and religious extremists inside Israel. Through archive clips and interviews, the film reveals the methods and philosophy of the organization, from before the Six Days War of 1967 up until today.
That these ex-leaders are so outspoken on camera, is remarkable in itself. All six seem sincerely worried about the current stalemate of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and criticize the establishment they were part of. Still, they are obviously proud of Shin Bets capacity to take out «terrorists». In sum, THE GATEKEEPERS is an engaging and unsettling documentary about a highly schizophrenic political culture.