Iran vs. Israel

Transcript Highlights:

“I think we need to be worried that it indicates how future developments in the region are going to play out. This is a direct result of the defeat of the ISIS caliphate.”

“Iran has taken a much more forward position here, close to Israel, close to the oil-producing Arabs state of the Persian Gulf. And it’s beefed up its conventional military capability. I think it’s very troubling for Israel and our Arab friends in the region too.”

“It’s definitely a new threat.”

“I think this is clear evidence of extensive Iranian involvement with sophisticated air defense systems, perhaps s-300’s sold to them by Russia. The firing on Israel planes could well have been by Iranian military forces. You have to ask the question whether Russian military advisors were standing next to them while they did it. Or perhaps even manning the equipment themselves.”

“The Russian-Iranian axis is a very serious matter, particularly in Syria but across the Middle East.”

“This is the behavior we get from Iran almost three years after the vaunted nuclear deal that was supposed to bring them into the civilized community of nations. Not working out so well.”

“Let’s face it, Russian and Iran are in an effective alliance in the Middle East.”

“We’re very close to the point where, North Korea, and I think therefore inevitably Iran, are going to get deliverable nuclear weapons. So time is running out. If I were Israel, I’d feel particularly threatened at the moment.”

“I think the potential for wider conventional war is there and as Iran gets closer to being able to deliver nuclear weapons that threat will increase.”

“There is no moderation in Iran on the central point of them wanting dominance within Islam, hegemony in the Middle East, posing a threat to a lot of our friends.”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.