Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Ambassador Gold was the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999). In January 2014, he was appointed as an external advisor on international issues to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first term, in his capacity as foreign policy advisor, Amb. Gold served as an envoy to the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States. He also served as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In June 2015, Dore Gold left the Jerusalem Center, which he had led since 2000, to serve as Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ambassador Gold was a member of the Israeli delegation at the Wye River negotiations between Israel and the PLO. He negotiated the Note for the Record, which supplemented the 1997 Hebron Protocol, and in 1999 concluded the negotiations with the U.S., Lebanon, Syria, and France for the creation of the Monitoring Group for Southern Lebanon. In 1991, he served as an advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. From 1985 to 1996, he was a senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, where he was Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project. Dr. Gold received his B.A. (’75), M.A. (’76), and Ph.D. (’84) from Columbia University, where he specialized in the Middle East and in international law.
Israel was the country that had the greatest historical commitment to the completion of such a mechanism to go after war crimes
Ambassador Gold reflects on Israel’s historical commitment for establishing a mechanism for ending impunity for war crimes but the disappointment felt when it became obvious that the ICC was used by Arab states and later by the Palestinian Authority to advance political interests at Israel’s cost. Ambassador Gold warns of a development, in which the ICC is becoming just another international organization being politicized for the purpose of delegitimization of Israel.