US President Donald Trump on Thursday again made a White House staffing change that indicates he’s gearing up for a shift in Middle East policies that favors Israel.
Following the ouster of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump also fired his National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster.
Both men were replaced by staunch supporters of the Jewish state, and just as staunch opponents of former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
Tillerson was replaced by former CIA Director Mike Pompeo. And, going into the weekend, it was announced that Trump’s new National Security Advisor will be former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton.
Bolton has made a name for himself as an ultra-conservative who thinks Iran should be bombed before it’s too late, and who unwaveringly backs Israel in its conflict with regional antagonists.
These changes signal not only a more more severe shift in policy vis-a-vis Iran, but should be cause for great concern among the Palestinian Authority leadership, which of late has gone out of its way to antagonize Trump.
PHOTO: John Bolton, then the Deputy US Secretary of State, meeting with former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2003. (OHAYON