Former U.S. Diplomat Warns Obama Against UN Initiative That Could Harm Israel

A UN move by Obama would be 'very inadvisable,' says John Bolton, who is reported to be in the running for secretary of state in the Trump administration.

An American diplomat who is reportedly in the running to be secretary of state in the Trump administration warned U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday not to initiate any anti-Israel initiatives in the United Nations before leaving office.

Former UN ambassador John Bolton noted in a radio interview that there was "a lot of speculation" at UN headquarters about a possible United States resolution to recognize a Palestinian state or set Israel's borders based on the 1967 ceasefire lines, The Hill website reported.

"I think that it would be very inadvisable for the president to do that," Bolton said.

Obama's interest in proposing a UN resolution against Israeli settlement in the West Bank before he leaves office has been the subject of intense speculation for several months.

Bolton, who served as ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush, is reportedly among those being considered to be secretary of state under Trump.

Opining that the Trump transition team was "doing an excellent job," Bolton noted that various world leaders had congratulated the president-elect him on his election victory.

“They’re obviously very, very interested in finding out more about him, more about what his administration’s priorities are going to be,” Bolton said.

"I think part of the uncertainty that people feel is that they know that America's foreign policy is going to change. That's what democracy does. You get new leaders and the country moves in a different direction."