Bolton Is Gary Cooper in High Noon for Israel, Dr. Strangelove in Apocalypse Now for Everyone Else

Trump’s new national security adviser never saw a war he didn’t love, an enemy he didn’t want to blow up or a diplomatic agreement worth the paper it’s written on

Chemi Shalev
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Chemi Shalev
Chemi Shalev

The removal of H.R. McMaster and appointment of John Bolton as United States President Donald Trump’s national security adviser was met with joy in Jerusalem, with dread in other capitals. Israel hopes Bolton will put its enemies in their proper place, while the world is warier today of imminent tension and war. Israel views Bolton as Gary Cooper in High Noon, come to shoot up the bad guys, but for most of the world he is Dr. Strangelove with a whiff of Apocalypse Now. If nothing else, the outbreak of festivities in Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition in honor of Bolton’s appointment highlight Israel’s place on the extreme right edge of the world’s political spectrum.

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