Bolton: 'Delusional' Obama Wants to Change Balance of Power in Middle East
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will meet in early November in Washington, D.C., to discuss the controversial nuclear agreement with Iran, which Israel fiercely opposes.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the scheduled Obama-Netanyahu meeting on Friday, saying, "The president has indicated on a number of occasions his desire to begin consultations with our Israeli allies about how to further deepen that cooperation."
It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the leaders in more than a year.
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton said that Obama and Netanyahu could speak at the UN General Assembly later this month, but he believes that Obama will be more concerned with taking a picture with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
"I think he's been waiting for that photo op. And I think Netanyahu will be just as happy not to have to greet Obama during that week," Bolton said.
He added that Obama has repeatedly shown that he wants to change the balance of power in the Middle East.
"He thinks if we can get a good relationship with Iran that they'll give up their nuclear weapons and become a responsible player in the Middle East and around the world," Bolton said. "I think it's delusional, but I think it's what the president wants."
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