Much controversy has surrounded US President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton’s book; The Room Where it Happened reports the Jpost.
In one excerpt, which is anticipated to be released this week speaks of a 2017 meeting whereby Trump made the comments.
Recalling the incident, Bolton was invited to a meeting with the US president back in 2017 where the topic of Israel Israel came up.
“I warned Trump against wasting political capital in an elusive search to solve the Arab-Israeli dispute and strongly supported moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, thereby recognizing it as Israel’s capital,” Bolton wrote. “On Iran, I urged that he press ahead to withdraw from the nuclear agreement and explained why the use of force against Iran’s nuclear program might be the only lasting solution.”
Trump replied saying that he’d support PM Benjamin Netanyahu if he did.
“You tell Bibi [Netanyahu] that if he uses force, I will back him. I told him that, but you tell him again,” Trump said to Bolton.
Bolton also claimed that during a meeting in 2018 in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t think that Israel was able to attack Iran.
“Israel, he said, could not conduct military action against Iran alone because it didn’t have the resources or capabilities, especially if the Arabs united behind Iran, which was preposterous,” the book said.
Putin didn’t think that Washington withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal was a smart move, However Bolton told the Russian President that “Iran was not in compliance with the deal, noted the connection between Iran and North Korea on the reactor in Syria the Israelis had destroyed in 2007 and said we were carefully watching for evidence the two proliferators were cooperating even now. In any event, reimposing sanctions on Iran had already taken a heavy toll, both domestically and in terms of their international troublemaking.”