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.”
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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