Bolton back on JINSA board


John Bolton re-joined the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

Bolton, the former U.S.ambassador to the United Nations, returned as a member of JINSA’s board of advisers.

“We are thrilled to have John Bolton back with us,” Tom Neumann, JINSA’s executive director, said in a statement. “We appreciate him personally and we appreciate the strength and soundness of his ideas. John represents the very best of national security thinking in the country.”

JINSA joined in efforts to nominate Bolton for a Nobel Peace Prize last year, for his work uncovering Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. JINSA, which promotes security ties between Israel and the United States and other U.S. allies, shares Bolton’s outspoken criticism of Bush administration overtures to North Korea and what he says is the slow pace of U.S. efforts to confront Iran.

Bolton left the U.N. post a year ago, after it became clear that the U.S. Senate would not confirm his recess appointment by President George W. Bush. A number of Jewish groups broke with their policy of not commenting on presidential nominees to endorse Bolton for the U.N. job, noting his critical role as a top State Department official in the first George Bush administration in getting the United Nations to roll back its notorious “Zionism is racism” resolution.

Prior to starting his U.N. job in August 2005, Bolton had been Bush’s top arms-control negotiator. He was last involved with JINSA during the Clinton administration, when Bolton was out of government.

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