The date was June 5, 1967. Israel launched an attack on Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. By the sixth day, it was over. Israel won what has since become known as the "Six-Day War" and took control of the Golan Heights from Syria, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan. This war defined the strength of Israel's military in modern times which is still being see today.
Israel has never lost a conventional war. However, their military might has never resulted in peace for the country. The Oscar-nominated documentary 'The Gatekeepers' is an attempt to understand how Israel has succeeded in having one of the most powerful military forces in the world and where that success perpetually hits a frustrating obstacle.
For the first time, six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s security intelligence agency, break their silence and make some controversial claims about the country's military operations and government. The six men share their experiences and criticisms on how their leadership, external events and domestic development shaped Israel into the nation that it is today. The six are Avraham Shalom, Yaakov Peri, Carmi Gillon, Ami Ayalon, Avi Dicther, and Yuval Diskin.
They speak among other things about, Target Assassination Doctrine, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the events and effects of the Six-Day War.
The film is directed by Dror Moreh. He has directed a number of full feature films including 'Urban Feel' and 'Desperado Square', winner of Best Film Award at the Montpelier Film Festival.
'The Gatekeepers' will be in theaters on February 1.
LA Theaters showing 'The Gatekeepers':
- ArcLight Hollywood 6360 W. Sunset Blvd Hollywood
- The Landmark 10850 W. Pico Los Angeles