Former Israeli Defense Chief: Bolton Pushed Israel's Military Toward Preemptive Strike On Iran

Between now and John Bolton taking up his post as Trump's new national security adviser, set to happen April 9, there will no doubt continue to be an avalanche of testimony coming out of US and foreign officials highlighting the crazed and hawkish actions he's taken in the past.

And Bolton seems fully aware of this, as he told Fox News last week in an attempt to perhaps soften his image as the preeminent beltway hawk on Iran, North Korea, Russia and Syria: “Look, I have my views, I'm sure I'll have a chance to articulate them to the president… If the government can't have a free interchange of ideas among the president's advisors, then I think the president is not well served.”

Yet Bolton's past actions in government suggest that instead of merely "articulating" his views he's willing to break ranks to get things done on his terms, even reaching out to allied foreign officials to push for preemptive strikes on America's enemies. 

Former Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and John Bolton. Image source: Al Jazeera via AP.

One notable example of this was revealed in bombshell testimony over the weekend issued by a former Israeli defense minister (2002-2006) and deputy prime minister (2006-2009) who had extensive interaction with Bolton when he was ambassador to the UN under the Bush administration.

According to the Times of Israel, Bolton pushed then Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz to attack Iran even though no discernible threat was presented by Iran. As the Times reports:

A former Israeli defense minister and chief of staff said Sunday that John Bolton, US  President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, once pushed him to order airstrikes against Iran.

“I know John Bolton from when he was the US ambassador to the UN. He tried to convince me that Israel needs to attack Iran,” Shaul Mofaz told a Jerusalem conference held by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily.

“I don’t think this is a smart move—not on the part of the Americans today or anyone else until the threat is real,” he added.

Ironically Mofaz himself - in line with the Israeli defense establishment - takes a generally hawkish position on Iran, as he told the Jerusalem conference during the same speech, “the Iranian threat is very significant to Israel’s security... It is impossible to guarantee a future for the children of Israel if Iran has a nuclear weapon." And yet he recognized Bolton's proposal as not "a smart move" as the existential threat level from Iran wasn't "real".

In prior reporting, the Times of Israel has noted that while outside of government Bolton wasn't shy about expressing his desire that Israel should bomb Iran:

Bolton, who’s been a resident at the conservative American Enterprise Institute since he left the Bush administration, has advocated for Israel bombing Iran to curtail its nuclear ambitions.

“Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed,” he wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times in May 2015. “Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran’s opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran.”

This accurately highlights something that shouldn't be forgotten amidst the current national flurry of Bolton commentary: on Iran and other so-called "threats" like Syria and Russia, Bolton speaks from within the very heart of the national security establishment. 

A recent Al-Jazeera op-ed articulates the problem of seeing Bolton as in truth some kind of exceptionally hawkish D.C. outlier:

Mr Bolton, however, is only a by-product of a general policy environment in Washington continually primed to directly confront Iran. Such a policy may not regularly appear overt, but it always seems to lie in waiting. As many will correctly worry that Mr Bolton's appointment raises the likelihood of war with another Middle Eastern country, of equal concern should be his ability to draw upon a robust think-tank, policy and lobbying complex heavily populated with ideas advocating opposition to Iran, designating it as the premier security threat to a stable Middle East, and well-disposed to grease the wheels of confrontation.

It should be remembered, for example, that the Iran nuclear deal was struck under the Obama administration at the very moment the CIA and Pentagon under Obama were arming Sunni jihadists in Syria in order to wage proxy war against pro-Iran and regional Shia interests.

As one as one formerly secret US intelligence memo spelled out, US sponsored proxy war was geared in the long term toward rolling back "the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)." This had a broad following within the beltway consensus - a consensus within which full and overt regime change in Tehran is hardly a fringe or outlier position. 

Iran, for its part, has stayed relatively quiet regarding Trump's appointing Bolton as national security adviser. One high official in Iranian parliament called the move "a matter of shame" while highlighting Bolton's closeness to the Iran opposition group in exile, Mujahideen e Khalq (MEK) - considered by Iran and many other countries (and not long ago by the US State Dept.) as a terror organization.

But Bolton is not alone here either as the MEK has for years received broad financial and political support from within the Washington mainstream, with dozens of sitting Congressmen and notable US politicians having attended their international conferences on an annual basis. 

Thus Bolton and others like him are a logical consequence of the system, and certainly don't stand in opposition to it. As the latest testimony from a former Israeli defense chief confirms, Bolton was urging Israel to accomplish the neocons' dirty work in bombing Tehran. This trend really constitutes nothing new, but sadly is more in line with the norm.

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Interestingly (and surprisingly refreshing) even Foreign Policy magazine - in a rare moment of clarity from the deep within the establishment - recognizes the uncomfortable fact of Bolton's quite "mainstream" and "acceptable" views:

Instead, whether Trump knows it or not, putting Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel in key positions looks more like a return to “Cheneyism,” by which I mean a foreign policy that inflates threats, dismisses serious diplomacy, thinks allies are mostly a burden, is contemptuous of institutions, believes that the United States is so powerful that it can just issue ultimatums and expect others to cave, and believes that a lot of thorny foreign-policy problems can be solved by just blowing something up... [sound familiar to basically all mainstream foreign policy-related public discourse???]

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...Thus, the real lesson of the Bolton appointment has less to do with Bolton himself and more about what it says about the U.S. foreign-policy establishment. You’re undoubtedly going to read a lot of heartfelt, knickers-in-a-twist commentaries in the next few weeks about the dangers of appointing a wild-eyed radical to such a sensitive position, but the plain fact is that Bolton is not really an outlier within the U.S. foreign-policy community.

It’s not like Trump just appointed Medea Benjamin (from the left) or Rand Paul (from the right) or even an experienced and knowledgeable contrarian such as Charles W. Freeman Jr. or Andrew Bacevich. Instead, he appointed someone with decidedly hawkish views but who is still within the “acceptable” consensus in Washington.

Look at Bolton’s pedigree and career. He’s a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. He worked at Covington & Burling, a venerable D.C. law firm where former Secretary of State Dean Acheson also worked. He has been a senior fellow for years at the conservative but mainstream American Enterprise Institute. He writes frequently for obscure, wild-and-crazy, “radical” publications including, er … the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and even Foreign Policy. Is this your idea of a “fringe” figure?


FireBrander Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:55 Permalink

Fucken-A; Bolton should be in a war crimes prison...sharing space with Bush, Cheney, Clinton, Obama...the whole lot of them...war criminals all by any definition.

Those who run the courts decide who is the criminal...

Bone-Machine Killtruck Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:57 Permalink

Which proves Israel is our useful fall guy, or, whatever name you think fits the role (messenger, patsy, boob, goat, chump, dupe, fool scapegoat, pigeon, sap, stooge, sucker).

Of course, Israel is more than willing to accept the part, up to a point.

And the name of the point: Bolton

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Adolph.H. FireBrander Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:03 Permalink

Behold the traditional Hebrew duplicity:…


The guy loves kosher pig:…

The is a new victory for Jewry. They will no longer have to hide to eat delicacies. Hopefully that will make them less frustrated. 

It's just too bad they don't like rabbits, because there's quite a few of them in their beloved shithole:…



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Slack Jack stacking12321 Mon, 03/26/2018 - 17:08 Permalink


The neo-Cohns only love Israel.

There are no ancient Jewish cities in Israel,...
but there are lots of ancient Greek cities.

What is weird is this; that 2000 years ago, it seems that there were no people even resembling Jews, in Israel.

It turns out that there is not a single ancient Jewish city in what is now called Israel. There is not a single ancient city where Hebrew characters are used on the statues and buildings. There is not a single ancient city where the buildings are in the ancient Jewish architectural style. In fact, there is not even a category of "ancient Jewish architectural style".

Of course, the Hebrew characters that are desired, are those of the Dead Sea scrolls (supposedly from 2000 years ago), which are essentially the modern Hebrew characters without points.

If you check out all the ancient cities in Israel from 2000 years ago, they are all Greek, and their ruins are still there for you to visit. Their inscriptions are in the Greek script and the buildings are in the ancient Greek architectural styles.

Here is a list of some of the known ancient Greek cities in (and near) Israel; Ecdippa, Seleucia, Ptolemais, Taricheia Arbela, Asochis, Sepphoris, Hippos, Dion, Sycaminum, Bucolon Polis, Itabyrium, Gadara, Abila, Dora, Comus, Gephrus, Crocodilion Polis, Caesarea, Straton's Tower, Narbata, Scythopolis, Pella, Samaria, Amathus, Ragaba, Gerasa, Apollonia, Sicima, Pegae, Joppa, Arimathea, Jamnia, Port of Jamnia, Lydda, Modiin, Aphaerema, Philadelphia, Birtha, Gazara, Beth Horon, Dok, Jericho, Samaga, Esbus, Medaba, Ladder of Tyre, Azotus, Port of Azotus, Accaron, Jerusalem, Ascalon, Anthedon, Gaza, Marissa, Beth Zur, Hebron, Adora, Engeddi.

The ancient Jewish cities in Israel are,....... well there aren't any. Not even one.

Here's an interesting example of a first century BC Greek inscription (i.e., in Greek letters) from Jerusalem's Temple Mount forbidding the entry of strangers to the Temple precinct.

The pictured stone was found in 1935. It was actually the second such warning-stone to be found, the first being discovered by Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau in 1871. It was deemed so dangerous to the "Jews inhabited Israel 2000 years ago" theory, that it completely disappeared for 13 years before resurfacing in Istanbul, where, it was correctly calculated, it would not attract much attention.


The first Jerusalem Temple Mount warning-stone, now found in the Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, is pictured below:

It says (in Greek): "No stranger is to enter within the balustrade round the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue."

Slack Jack's CHALLENGE:

Name ONE ancient city (that existed in what is now called Israel) where the building inscriptions are all in Hebrew, and the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (whatever that may be).

Then give a summary of "the ancient Hebrew architectural style" (you will have to make this up as it does not yet exist).

Then give links to photos of the ancient building inscriptions which show that they are written in Hebrew.

Then show that the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (that you have just invented).

It's been months now and still no one is up to the challenge.

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Slack Jack Slack Jack Mon, 03/26/2018 - 17:12 Permalink


The Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

The Dead Sea scrolls are a mixture of old documents that were hidden in a number of caves to be miraculously found and used to support the establishment of Israel, a country intended for Jews only.

The main document "finds" were in caves near the tiny ancient settlement of Qumran.

The first documents were "found" in 1947.

Israel was created in 1948.

The Dead Sea scrolls are the only really old (well supposedly really old) documents, in the Hebrew characters, that have ever been found. No other really old documents in the Hebrew characters have ever been found.

All other documents in Hebrew characters date from later than 800 AD.

Previous to the "finds", critics had pointed out the late date of all documents in Hebrew characters, and deduced that the Hebrew Old Testament must have been translated from the Greek Old Testament and not the other way round.

Then, low and behold,... a very timely miracle occurs.

The Dead Sea scrolls are "found" and dated to hundreds of years earlier than the oldest previously known documents in Hebrew characters.

Then, it is widely claimed that all the scrolls were produced and hidden in the Qumran caves before 70 AD (the supposed time of the mythical sack of Jerusalem by the Romans).

The critics are not given access to the scrolls nor even photographs of the text, lest they spoil the party.

In fact, for decades, only seven scholars are given access to the scrolls.

This goes on till certain critics are dead and the scrolls have been purged of all anachronisms (like Arabic numerals).

Then, in 1991, only 45 years after their "discovery", the Huntington Library, in San Marino, California, without consent, makes facsimile copies of the scrolls available to all.

So that, in brief, is the Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

More, however, can be deduced....

One can even guess where the Dead Sea documents came from.

It turns out that some of the Dead Sea documents, for example, the "Damascus Document," are nearly identical to documents from the Genizah collection of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. So, it is likely that many of the Dead Sea scrolls had their source there.

Worldwide, there are twelve manuscripts of the "Damascus Document"; ten manuscripts from the Dead Sea scrolls and two manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. There are no manuscripts of the "Damascus Document" from anywhere else. This strange distribution is a result of the fraud. The "Damascus Document" was first published in 1910 by Solomon Schechter in "Fragments of a Zadokite Work."

The Ben Ezra Synagogue was established around 900 AD.

Now, the Arabs have ruled Egypt since they defeated the Greek armies around 635 AD.

Now, the synagogue (and its Jews) existed happily, undisturbed, in Cairo, in the midst of the Islamic world.

So, maybe the original Jews were a group of Arabs.

This would explain why Hebrew and Arabic are nearly identical languages.

This would explain why the Hebrew and Islamic religious traditions are very similar.

And, it would also explain why Jews turned up in Spain with the Arabs (Moors).

Another couple of points:

It should also be noted that a few Jewish scholars (in particular, Solomon Zeitlin) have long insisted that the Dead Sea scrolls were a Medieval production. [Zeitlin was a well-known Talmudic scholar and would not claim this unless convinced it was true.]

Internal evidence from the scrolls themselves indicates a Medieval production. See, here.

And, the fact that many scrolls are written on vellum (90% of them) proves these are indeed a Medieval production.

It is estimated that 20 people occupied the site of Qumran (estimated by the number of inhabitants for whom there was room in the buildings). Now these 20 people were not just ordinary people, they read and wrote Greek, Phoenician, Aramaic, Nabataean, and Hebrew documents, like natives, and managed to write learned works on numerous religious topics (about 900 manuscripts were "recovered"; about six hundred separate works), while gathering enough water, and raising enough food, for their survival, in a desert.

Some have tried to claim that as many as 200 lived at Qumran, but most have considered that number ridiculously high.

Anyway, I think it is clear that the Dead Sea scrolls are a bunch of old documents that have been thrown together and sold to a gullible world.

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ShakenNotStirred Slack Jack Mon, 03/26/2018 - 17:28 Permalink

Hey big expert. You should publish your valuable archeological findings in one of these peer-reviewed scientific journals. Why you are publishing in this yellow tabloid is a real waste of your precious talent and time. 🤔

Go ahead, here's a short list:

Hurry up, don't let fame and fortune slip away!


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CTacitus Buckaroo Banzai Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:26 Permalink

especially one who presided as Israeli defense minister (2002-2006)--in the aftermath ZioUS of 9/11, Afghanistan Invasion, Iraq Invasion. Now US has its first Jewish President:

Trump is a Jew/crypto-Jew. Look at this article--which traces his childhood through adult life, and it clearly demonstrates a behavior that can only be described as philo-Jewish (and that is why he was chosen as one of the candidates in the 2016 election):

Trump was quoted saying: “The only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day

Does it matter that Trump’s ego wall in his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower devotes much of its most prominent space to awards, plaques and photos from Jewish and pro-Israel groups? On one day, Trump seems like the best thing to happen to American Jews—the “first Jewish president” as some supporters like to call him—a solid supporter of Israel who has surrounded himself with Jews, both at the Trump Organization and now in the White House

Shmuley Boteach, the New Jersey rabbi and best-selling author, says Trump is actually a philo-Semite, with a lifelong history of surrounding himself with Jewish executives, employees and social acquaintances, as well as a strong record of support for Jewish causes and for Israel.

Trump told friends that he’d figured out his future—he wanted to be the next Bill Zeckendorf, one of Manhattan’s most successful developers and a major contributor to Jewish charities.

Fred [Trump] made such a habit of donating to Jewish charitieshe served as treasurer for an early Israel benefit concert at Ebbets Field—that many Jews assumed he was part of the tribe himself. (At Trump Village, where several members of my grandmother’s family lived, it was taken as gospel that the Trumps were secretly Jewish.

From early on, the Trumps showed a preference for renting to Jews. In the early 1970s, when the family was managing thousands of apartments, a Trump rental agent told federal investigators that the company sought to rent only to “Jews and executives.” Another agent recalled in a court filing that “Trump Management believes that Jewish tenants are the best tenants.”

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Buckaroo Banzai CTacitus Mon, 03/26/2018 - 16:04 Permalink

Crypto-jew is a pretty big leap to make. He grew up in NYC which means he has been surrounded by Jews his entire life. He's a smart guy, so he is certainly Jew-wise, and knows what jews are good for ("counting money") and, presumably, what they are not good for. He was initially quite opposed to Ivanka marrying the Jew Kushner, although most likely that's because the Kushner family are, literally, criminals. Anybody who knows anything about the NYC commercial real estate industry knows that it is completely dominated by Jews, so he had to work with them to build his business whether he wanted to or not. The logical extension of that is, to stay in the good graces of the people he had to work with every day, obviously meant supporting Jewish causes--again, whether he wanted to or not. As far as "jewish tentants being the best tenants", well, given the amount of wealth Jews control, it's logical to assume that they are going to be able to pay the rent.

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debunker Buckaroo Banzai Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:43 Permalink

jew this jew that jew the other... what would you do if there weren't jews to blame?

I know it's a rhetorical question that gives you a hard-on but try to contain yourself.

This story is about Bolton-- whose an out-of-control egomaniac hawk who wants a preemptive strike on Iran and North Korea. This man is a walking red-flag. Soon he'll have Trump's ear, and that man makes decisions based on how he's feeling rather than facts.

Shitstorm ahead...

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sarz CTacitus Tue, 03/27/2018 - 03:37 Permalink

Thanks for the background material about Trump's ethnicity. I do think Trump's father was Jewish, for your reasons and some more about the family in Germany. But since Trump's mother was a Protestant Scot, Trump can be called half-Jewish, or, halachically, not Jewish. Even if he were a Jew, his role model was the 'antisemite' and much maligned patriot and - and despite his many shortcomings - nationalist hero, Roy Cohn.

To your list of evidence about Trump's ethnicity, you should add the clipping from the NYT from the 30s (?) identifying Trump senior as the local head of the KKK. The fact that that clipping was dropped so quickly is very telling. 

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