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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 12:38 PM

Israel Fears Abrupt Trump Reversal on Iran After Bolton Fired

•Fired Trump aide was staunch ally in deriding nuclear accord
•Israel worried his sacking raises odds of Trump-Rouhani meet

By Ivan Levingston
September 11, 2019, 6:41 AM EDT

John Bolton’s unceremonious White House departure couldn’t have come at a worse time for Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister has made much of his diplomatic prowess as he faces a tough re-election bid next week, playing up his close relations with U.S. President Donald Trump and his achievements on the global diplomatic stage. But Bolton’s exit delivered a blow to Israel’s policy of isolating and economically clobbering the Islamic Republic.

Bolton was a key ally in Israel’s quest to pressure Iran to rein in its nuclear and military ambitions, and for years had advocated regime change and preemptive strikes on its atomic program. His exit paves the way for less hawkish voices to gain influence and improves the odds that Trump will break with more than four decades of U.S. policy and meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“Some daylight seems to be seeping through here,” said a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren. “Israel needs to resign itself to the very real possibility of talks.”

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On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Trump was prepared to meet Rouhani “with no preconditions.” Asked if he foresees a meeting this month, Pompeo said “sure.”

“It’s bad news for Israel,” said Chuck Freilich, former Israeli deputy national security adviser. “It’s certainly bad news for Bibi as far as Iran goes, for those who take a hard position on Iran,” he added, referring to Netanyahu by his widely used nickname.

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