On Thursday, the Trump administration announced a new national security adviser, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton. The Times of Israel reports that officials from the Jewish state applauded the move, as Bolton has long been "a stalwart friend of Israel":
Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted that it was a “great appointment” and that Bolton, considered a foreign policy hawk who is opposed to the Iran nuclear deal, was a “stalwart friend of Israel.”
Environment Minister Ze’ev Elkin of Likud said Bolton was “not unknown to Israel.
“He has been, unquestionably, a friend of Israel for many years, including in his position as US ambassador to the UN,” Elkin told Tel Aviv radio station 102 FM. “I have no doubt it will be comfortable for us to work with him.”
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked posted in Hebrew that “President Trump continues to appoint true friends of Israel to senior positions. John Bolton is one of the most outstanding.”
She praised Bolton as an “excellent appointment” who brought to the job “great experience and original thinking.” She added that “the Trump administration is emerging as the most sympathetic administration toward Israel of all time.”
Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren (Kulanu) also welcomed Bolton’s appointment, saying that it signalled the end of the Iran nuclear accord and a tougher US line toward the Palestinians.
“The days of the nuclear agreement, which is terrible in its current form, are nearing an end,” he told Hebrew-language media.
“From now on Abu Mazen will have to think twice before deciding to spit on President Trump or his representatives,” he said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas...