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Thursday, December 22, 2016

John Bolton, Contender for Top Trump Role, Spoke at Settler Fundraiser

John Bolton, Contender for Top Trump Role, Spoke at Settler Fundraiser

 by Eli Clifton

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to pick David Friedman, the president of American Friends of Beit El, a charity which raises tax-deductible contributions to fund the Beit El settlement in the West Bank, as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel is a clear sign that the Trump administration has little regard for Washington’s longstanding U.S. opposition to settlement construction. But if there’s still any question about whether Friedman will find an ally in his opposition to a two-state solution, which he claims was only an “illusion” serving “both the U.S. and the Arabs,” one has to look no further than John Bolton, who is reportedly a top candidate–albeit a controversial one–for the highly influential post of Deputy Secretary of State.
On December 4, the former U.N. Ambassador spoke at a fundraising dinner for American Friends of Beit El in New York City. Bolton praised Donald Trump, suggested that the new president would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and would put an end to Washington’s opposition to Israeli settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
A video reviewed by LobeLog showed Bolton telling the audience:
I am confident that for the first time where other politicians have talked about where the location of the U.S. Embassy to Israel should be located — just as [Trump] didn’t allow Beijing to dictate who he talks to on Taiwan, [Trump is] not going to allow other countries to dictate to us where we put the American Embassy. I think he will recognize that construction of communities in Judea and Samaria are not obstacles to the peace process.

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