The Gatekeepers is a 2012 documentary about Israel’s secret service agency, the Shin Bet. The filmmaker, Dror Moreh, interviewed the six men who have served as head of the Shin Bet from its beginnings in 1948. The fact that these men agreed to be interviewed is absolutely stunning. The interviews are supplemented by footage of the events described.
The Shin Bet (Shabak) is Israel’s intelligence organization (internal security), parallel to the Mossad (foreign security). Neither of these is part of the IDF, Israel Defense Force. Each reports directly to the Prime Minister.
I watched the movie with a legal pad in my lap, and scribbled 6 pages of notes. So many of these events occurred in my lifetime, yet I know too little about them. I included some significant dates along with the quotes that jumped out at me. I’ll post them in case it’s helpful to other people.