In 2003, four of the six men in the documentary called upon the Israeli government to enter into talks with the Palestinians and come up with a peace agreement. One related how he was taken aback when a Palestinian friend pointed out to him that the Palestinians had achieved a victory because “we have made you suffer” [just as we have]. Another observed that “Peace must be built on a system of trust”, not through military confrontations. He notes that after they bombed the house of a terrorist, the collateral damage from killing innocent people, as well as the backlash that ensued, simply gained them more terrorists to deal with. Much of their emphasis is on the critical need for enemies to talk together and see their commonalities, as opposed to simply getting riled up and taking military action. The film ends with the observation that the Israelis could possibly win every battle, but lose the war, unless they pursue a peace treaty.
The Gatekeepers sheds some light on the recent history of Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, and is especially remarkable in airing second thoughts and regrets of the former Shin Bet heads about their terms of service. This documentary would be instructive for all, but especially for young people who are political activists, to hear their perspectives. The film well deserves its nomination for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.