John Bolton: Iran’s Involvement Complicates Israel’s War in Gaza

John Bolton believes Israel's war in Gaza is “still at a very early stage” and says it is complicated by 's involvement.

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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 to account for any of it, suggests that we're still in the very early stages of the war.”

Former U.S. national security advisor John Bolton believes Israel's war in Gaza is “still in the 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 to account for any of it, suggests that we're still in the very early stages of the war.”

Israel declared war on Hamas after the Palestinian attacks began on October 7.

About 1,200 people, including women and children, were killed and more than 200 abducted. About 130 people are believed to still be imprisoned in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

“This is not a Gaza versus Israel war, or a Palestinian versus Israel war, or an Arab versus Israel war. This is an Iranian war against Israel, fought through terrorist proxies,” he told CNBC on Wednesday.

Former US national security adviser John Bolton is a noted foreign policy hawk and has previously advocated US regime change in Iran.

Iran has accused Israel of bombing its embassy compound in Damascus, resulting in the deaths of seven Iranian personnel, including three senior commanders.

Iran supports and funds groups opposing Israel, such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis. The conflict in Gaza is often seen as a proxy war between .

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Iran denies involvement in a recent terror attack and US intelligence suggests Iranian leaders were surprised by it. Iran has conducted strikes in Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan, escalating tensions in the .

John Bolton believes that as long as the current Iranian government remains in power, it will pose a threat to international peace and security. Iran's foreign ministry has not responded to a request for comment from CNBC.

In Gaza, over 32,900 people have been killed since Israel's attack, and there are concerns about high risks of death and starvation. Israel has been accused of targeting international aid workers, resulting in their deaths and the suspension of humanitarian operations.

Israeli Prime Minister claims the deaths were unintentional, and an investigation will be conducted. Bolton believes there is no indication that Israel deliberately targeted the aid workers and that ending the suffering in Gaza requires eliminating Hamas.

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