Bolton in Israel until Wednesday; Meeting with Netanyahu centered on Iran’s efforts in region, nuclear and missile programs; Netanyahu: talks to center on how to “roll back Iran’s aggression in the region and to make sure that they never have nuclear weapons.
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Jerusalem Sunday evening.
The meeting was attended by both US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, their meeting centered on Iran’s “aggression in the region”, including its weapons and nuclear programs.
Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed Bolton to his home in Jerusalem, stating “We’ve been friends for many years, and I can testify that in and out of office, you’ve been a tremendous friend – tremendous friend of Israel [and] tremendous champion of the American-Israel alliance. And it’s particularly momentous to welcome you here, after the momentous decisions of President Trump, to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and get out of the terrible Iran deal.”
On their talks, he stated “I look forward to discussing with you a whole array of topics, but the most important one is how to continue to roll back Iran’s aggression in the region and to make sure that they never have nuclear weapons…”
Bolton stated on the Trump Administration’s support of Israel, “It’s been an exciting year and a half in the Trump administration with some of the things you’ve mentioned. Obviously we’ve got great challenges, for Israel, for the United States and the whole world. The Iran nuclear weapons program and the ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list. So I’m delighted to be here, and look forward to our discussions.”
On their talks, he stated “We’ve got great challenges for Israel, for the United States, for the whole world – the Iran nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list.”
Upon arrival to Israel Sunday, Bolton tweeted “Just arrived into Israel. I’m looking forward to meeting with PM Netanyahu and other officials beginning today to discuss bilateral concerns and a range of national security issues.”
Bolton will be in Israel until Wednesday before meeting Russian counterparts in Geneva.
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