Jewish and Israel-related groups reacted to the ouster of John Bolton as national security adviser on Tuesday amid disagreements between the two on a number of matters regarding Iran, North Korea and other foreign-policy issues.
“@AmbJohnBolton thank you for your longstanding friendship, moral clarity and passionate defense of America and our allies, especially Israel,” tweeted Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks.
.@AmbJohnBolton thank you for your longstanding friendship, moral clarity and passionate defense of America and our allies, especially Israel.
— Matt Brooks (@mbrooksrjc) September 10, 2019
“National Security Advisor John Bolton has always been a great friend of Israel, the National Council of Young Israel, and is a personal friend of our First VP Dr. Joe Frager,” the organization’s president Farley Weiss told JNS. “We appreciate his support for Israel during his service, and we only wish him the best. [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump has been a great friend of Israel before John Bolton became national security advisor, and we expect him to remain so with whoever he picks to replace John Bolton.”
“I have known John Bolton for more than three decades,” American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris told JNS. “He’s always been a stalwart defender of America’s global interests; steadfast ally of Israel and the Jewish people; and fierce adversary of anti-democratic, weapons-proliferating, and terrorist-sponsoring regimes, mostly notably in Tehran. We thank him for his service to the country as National Security Adviser to President Trump, and for his consistent friendship to AJC.”
“I’m proud to say my friend Amb. John Bolton is an enormously principled man who would never relent on his beliefs,” Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein told JNS. “He is a great American patriot, deeply committed to the security of all Americans, and an extraordinary friend of the Jewish State of Israel.”
“He also understood that the Palestinian Authority was a terrorist regime that must be fought, not appeased,” he continued. “More importantly, Bolton understood that Iran was the greatest threat to world peace and the greatest founder of Islamic terrorism committed to America’s and Israel’s destruction.”
Klein added, “We only hope someone of Bolton’s caliber like [U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard] Grenell will succeed him.”
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and IAC for Action declined to comment.
On the other side of the spectrum, J Street spokesperson Logan Bayroff told JNS: “He will not be missed.”
The Jewish Democratic Council of America remarked how Bolton’s ouster exemplified the Trump administration’s national security and foreign policy—or, as many say, his lack of it.
“John Bolton’s departure means that President Trump will have four national security advisors in less than three years,” said JDCA executive director Halie Soifer. “This national security- and cabinet- level turnover is unprecedented and a clear sign of Trump’s failed leadership, domestically and in the world.”
She added that “it also indicates the incoherence and danger of Trump’s erratic foreign policy, especially with regard to Iran and other critical issues. It remains unclear—to our adversaries and allies, including Israel—what American leadership under Trump stands for.”
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