Former Trump adviser John Bolton says the Gaza war is still in its early stages

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Former National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks to reporters after speaking at a panel hosted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran – US Representative Office (NCRI-US) at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel on August 17, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Former US national security adviser John Bolton believes Israel’s war in Gaza is “still in its very early stages” and says it has been complicated by Iran’s involvement.

Framing the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas as an “Iranian war against Israel,” Bolton told CNBC’s Dan Murphy: “The fact that Iran has not yet been held responsible for any of it suggests that we are still in the early stages. .”

Oct. Israel declared war on Hamas after the Palestinian Islamist group launched a surprise terror attack on the 7th, killing nearly 1,200 people, including women and children, and kidnapping more than 200. About 130 are believed to still be held in the Gaza Strip controlled by Hamas.

“This is not an Israeli war against Gaza, or a Palestinian versus Israeli war, or an Arab versus Israeli war. This is an Iranian war against Israel, fought by terrorist proxies,” he told CNBC on Wednesday. Bolton is a well-known foreign policy hawk and has previously advocated US-led regime change in Iran.

On Monday, Iran accused Israel of bombing part of its embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing seven Iranian military personnel, including three senior commanders. Teheran has vowed revengeWhile Israel has not publicly acknowledged the strike.

An influential force in Middle East politics, Iran funds and supports groups opposed to Israel, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and the Houthis in Yemen. The ongoing conflict in Gaza is often referred to as a proxy war between Israel and Iran. Iran has repeatedly denied allegations that it was behind the October 7 terrorist attacks, and US intelligence has indicated That Iranian leaders were surprised by the attack.

In January, Iran attacked several targets in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan, raising already high tensions in the Middle East and fueling fears of a wider war. Tehran said the attacks on Syria and Pakistan were not directly related to Israel’s war in Gaza, but were an attempt to target anti-Iranian terrorist groups.

As long as the current Iranian government is in power, it will remain a threat to international peace and security, Bolton told CNBC.

Iran’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

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More than 32,900 people have been killed in Gaza Israel has since launched a land, sea and air assault on the tiny Palestinian enclave, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Israel has recently been accused of deliberately targeting international aid workers From the World Central Kitchen who were killed while delivering food to Gaza, where more than 80% of the people there reportedly High risk of death and starvation.

Seven aid workers were killed, sparking international outrage and prompting humanitarian groups to immediately suspend their operations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his death was “a tragic case of our forces inadvertently killing innocent people in the Gaza Strip.” “This happens in war, and we will investigate it to the end,” the Israeli prime minister said.

Bolton told CNBC that there was “no indication” that Israel had deliberately targeted them, and that it would be a “stupid thing” if they did. “The way to end the suffering in Gaza is to eliminate Hamas, the cause of the suffering,” Bolton said.

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