Human Rights Watch fights a civil war over Israel. On October 19 of last year, the op-ed page of The New York Times contained a bombshell: a piece by Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch (HRW), attacking his own organization.
Over the summer, I had the chance to ask Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson about a subject he rarely spoke about in public: how he would address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if elected president. "Hands off," he replied. "Israel understands the situation, and they're the ones that are going to deal with this.
On Saturday, standing before a podium at New York's Marriott Marquis, Gary Johnson-wearing a black blazer over a tie-less gray shirt-sought to put the most difficult chapter of his campaign in the past. "I want to start off with an apology to all of you," the visibly shaken candidate told the hundreds in attendance.