Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted on Wednesday, September 11th that Washington would hold a tough line on Iran despite the hawkish John Bolton's exit from the post of US national security advisor, Reuters reported.
Netanyahu had praised President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers but expressed worries about Western engagement with Tehran unless this leads to extensive restrictions on sensitive nuclear projects.
In an Israeli television interview on Channel 20, Netanyahu, sounded unfazed by Bolton's departure and possible Trump-Rouhani talks, cited new US sanctions against Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps that were announced shortly after Trump tweeted about Bolton's departure, saying, "So I am convinced, I have no doubts at all, that in any situation―with talks, without talks―President Trump and his administration will be very, very tough with Iran."
Trump fired Bolton on Tuesday, citing policy disagreements. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said immediately after that Trump might meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly this month.
"Look, the one who formally crafted the American policy was Pompeo... and President Trump of course. But I'm not getting into the personality changes in this administration," Netanyahu said.
Iran greeted Bolton's ouster by counselling the United States to shun "warmongers." But it has also been cold to recent Trump administration overtures, saying it will not enter talks while under US sanctions.