Have you seen these guys?
Well, you have if you've seen "The Gatekeepers," the new documentary that bills itself as showing the "first ever" interviews with the ex-heads of Israel's Shin Bet secret service.
Except the above picture is from 2003, when they appeared on the front page of Israel's largest-circulation daily newspaper, which printed a widely-publicized two-hour interview with them.
That 2003 interview was instrumental in precipitating Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza Disengagement Plan, which was announced the following month as a result of the pressure Sharon was placed as a result of the interview.
Even those who thought the Gaza Disengagement Plan was a good idea at the time now concede it was a disaster -- for the 8,000 Jews forcibly removed from their homes by the Jewish State, for the Israeli citizens in the south of the country, who became vulnerable to the rocket wars that resulted from the disengagement, and for the "peace process," which has yet to acknowledge that no such process can succeed as long as post-disengagement Gaza remains a terrorist mini-state.
Nowhere is any of this acknowledged, analyzed or discussed in "The Gatekeepers."
Below are the articles and post I have done on this film, which is the leading candidate for this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature even though it keeps from viewers the story of the 2003 interview and its aftermath, and thus creates the illusion that the director's new film is a "first ever" phenomenon.
‘Gatekeepers’ Turns Out To Echo Interviews That Precipitated a Tragedy (New York Sun, February 3, 2013)
The Gatekeepers is a Re-Run (Commentary Contentions) (February 4, 2013)
The Gatekeepers Keeps Information from Viewers (PJ Media, January 30, 2013)