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‘The Human Factor’ documentary: American negotiators and the search for a Mideast solution

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Dror Moreh, the director of “The Gatekeepers,” the documentary that featured first-time interviews with former Israeli Shin Bet members, is back with another groundbreaking film.

The Human Factor,” which Moreh sees as a “companion piece” to “The Gatekeepers,” again goes for the inside players’ approach to gain insights. He delves into the thirty-year trajectory of the backroom negotiators who were on the elusive trail of Middle East peace.

Moreh writes in the press notes about the event that was a pivotal point in his life: the November 4, 1995, assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. It became the motivating factor in unearthing truths from the Shin Bet. It then pushed him to take a granular look at the American efforts to broker a peace process that would be successful.

The documentary’s title references the team of six negotiators and the leaders that they served. It profiles their personalities, strengths and weaknesses, and roles in a conflict that has continued to prove intractable.

In conjunction with the one-on-one interviews with the team of diplomats are previously unreleased photographs from official White House archives. Viewers get a fly-on-the-wall perspective of harried phone calls, last-minute cajoling, and efforts to remain “neutral” in advocating for the different parties.

Prominently featured is Dennis Ross, called “the architect” of the Arab-Israeli peace process. He began his service with Ronald Reagan, became Clinton’s “point man” as the Special Middle East envoy, and ended his tenure as an adviser to Obama. For him, resolving the conflict was a personal “mission.” Despite fighting the entrenched narrative, Ross said that he “saw the possibilities.”

The other men brought impressive resumes to the table. Martin Indyk, Daniel C. Kurtzer, Robert Malley, and Aaron David Miller had previously held roles as top analysts, Ambassadors, and Special Envoy. They, along with Ross, were Jewish.

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