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Jerusalem Post: What does Bolton's dismissal mean to Israel?


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump's announcement on Saturday to sack his national security adviser John Bolton, one of Israel's closest allies in the White House and the most hawkish Trump administration hawkish in dealing with Iran, has worried Israelis, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported.

The newspaper pointed out that the decision to dismiss Bolton came as a surprise to the Israeli political community, where it came minutes after a speech to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broadcast on state television, in which he made promises to annex areas in the West Bank to Israel in the event of re-election in the maximum level of coordination with the US president, Stressing Trump's deep belief in the bonds of friendship that bring the two countries together.

Bad indications for Israel
The reasons behind Bolton's sacking of Trump's differences over foreign policy, including dealing with Iran, and the announcement by the US secretary of state at a press conference shortly after Bolton's dismissal of Trump's readiness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, she said. Without preconditions, it is bad for Israel's interests.

The Israeli newspaper pointed out that Bolton's role was pivotal in issues affecting Israel's interests.He led US efforts to isolate Iran, and tried to push the Trump administration to launch military strikes against Iran in response to Tehran's downing of a US reconnaissance drone marching in the Gulf waters last June. That pressure was in response to Trump, who agreed to strike Iran and abruptly canceled it shortly before it was carried out.

A meeting that worries Tel Aviv
The US State Department statement on Trump's willingness to meet Rouhani without preconditions worries Israel, whose prime minister worked hard last month to prevent a possible meeting between Trump and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit hosted by France.

The Israelis fear that the expected meeting between Trump and Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly will result in results similar to those of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which formed a rapprochement between the two leaders despite the continuation of North Korea's weapons program, according to the newspaper.

Referring to Bolton's opposition to a possible meeting, the paper tweeted a few hours before he left office: "Only two weeks remain until the UN General Assembly, and you can be assured that Iran is working hard to weave tricks."

Trump announced on Saturday in a series of tweets that he had asked his national security adviser John Bolton to resign, attributed to the dispute with him on several political issues.

Source: aljazeera

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