Tough on Iran, critical of “Palestine”: meet John Bolton, Trump’s new National Security Adviser

Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, Dec 2, 2016. (photo: Mike Segar/ Reuters)

“The two-state solution is dead,” Bolton once wrote, claiming that Gaza should be given to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan.

By Haaretz | Mar 23, 2018

“Just as a matter of empirical reality, the two-state solution is dead. . . . As long as Washington’s diplomatic objective is the ‘two-state solution’ — Israel and ‘Palestine’ — the fundamental contradiction between this aspiration and the reality on the ground will ensure it never comes into being.”
— John Bolton, newly-appointed US National Security Advisor

John Bolton, who served as UN ambassador under President George W. Bush and was tapped Thursday to become Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has a long history of tough rhetoric against Iran and the Palestinians.

A vocal critic of the Obama administration, Bolton is strongly opposed to the Iran nuclear deal and is a known opponent of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Like Trump, he supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He has also sounded a tough line on negotiations with North Korea.

“The Middle East peace process has long needed clarity and an injection of reality, and Trump has provided it by making the decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,” Bolton tweeted after Trump announced the landmark decision to recognize Jerusalem.

The statement was only one of many on Israel and other international issues that indicate the policies he may advance in his new role as Trump’s key adviser.

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