John Bolton’s new book, “Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad,” will be published tomorrow. In the book, Bolton makes it clear that he decided to leave the administration when his recess appointment ended -- rather than work under another recess appointment or comparable arrangement -- because “First, I didn’t like the direction of our policy on too many issues, particularly
Here is Bolton’s conclusion, near the end of the book, regarding
Because of its location, Israel experiences the terrorist threat almost daily, facing Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Islamic terrorist groups, not to mention being within range of Iranian missiles. Hamas has now seized control of the Gaza Strip, fracturing the Palestinian Authority, leaving the “former terrorists” of Fatah now in control of the West Bank; Hezbollah is close to overthrowing Lebanon’s democratic government; and Syria is increasingly under Iran’s control. Given this reality, there is no rationale for the
United Statesto pressure Israelinto “peace agreements” with its remaining Arab neighbors, or to believe that “dialogue” on such issues will have any material effect on the Middle East’s numerous other conflicts. . . . Of course, Israel’s own government for its own reasons may decide to make concessions in various negotiations, and bear the consequences, but the has no interest in precipitating such decisions. United States
JCI: I’m speaking with Ambassador John Bolton; it’s October 30, 2007. Ambassador Bolton, I’d like to ask you if you think Condoleezza Rice will be successful in convening a peace conference in
, who might attend, what the outcome will be. Annapolis
BOLTON: I think the odds are that the conference will take place, but I am very skeptical that a positive outcome is possible. The circumstances in the region are just not conducive to progress, particularly on the Palestinian side, where there is no effective Palestinian Authority, no effective entity that can carry out commitments that might be made. And the risk is not simply that the conference will fail, but that a failed conference will leave us in a worse situation in the region.
In a later conversation, Bolton indicated the two-state solution has run its course, and that any future solution will more likely be a three-state one involving the participation of