CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speculated that a victory by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama will prompt Israel to attack's Iran's nuclear facilities.
"An Obama victory would rule out military action by the Israelis because they would fear the consequences given the approach Obama has taken to foreign policy," Bolton said in an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph.
"The Israelis have one eye on the calendar because of the pace at which the Iranians are proceeding both to develop their nuclear weapons capability and to do things like increase their defenses," he said.
"They're also obviously looking at the American election calendar. My judgment is that they would not want to do anything before our election because there's no telling what impact it could have on the election," he said.
According to the former UN ambassador, reaction to such a strike by the Arab world "will be positive privately. I think there will be public denunciations, but no action," he said.
Bolton believes Israel may postpone an attack if Republican Senator John McCain is elected, whose position on Iran is much more realistic than the Bush administration's, he said.
In a separate interview with FOX News, Bolton predicted that Israel would likely make its move sometime between Election Day on November 4 and the January inauguration.
"I think if they [Israel] are to do anything, the most likely period is after our elections and before the inauguration of the next President," Bolton said.
Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post