Richard Goldstone doesn’t know when to quit. Two years ago, the South African former judge led a United Nations fact-finding inquiry into the Israel-Gaza conflict. The resulting report — widely dubbed the Goldstone Report — was so slanted against Israel that it was denounced by the Obama administration as “deeply flawed” and by the House of Representatives as “irredeemably biased.” This past April, Goldstone himself, chief author of the report, finally confessed to a few mistakes, including allegations that Israel as a matter of policy had committed war crimes.
Now Goldstone has found a new mission. He is chairing a private panel to vet candidates for six judgeships soon coming open on the International Criminal Court (ICC). Any anti-Israel bias there could have grave results.
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