Bolton to arrive in Israel Sunday for talks with PM, Israeli and Russian counterparts

WASHINGTON — US National Security Adviser John Bolton will travel to Israel over the weekend for “regional security talks” with top Russian and Israeli officials, the White House says today amid spiking tensions with Iran.

Bolton will meet Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, followed by talks with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, NSC spokesman Garrett Marquis says.

Bolton also will meet with the director general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission Zeev Snir.

The NSC announcement came just hours after Iran shot down a US drone in what Washington called an unprovoked attack.

Tehran said the drone, a high-flying Global Hawk, was brought down with a surface-to-air missile after it entered its airspace. The US military said the drone was in international airspace.

“Iran made a very big mistake!” US President Donald Trump tweeted.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with the US National Security Adviser John Bolton, during a statement to the media follow their meeting in Jerusalem on January 6, 2019. (Oded Balilty/Pool/ AFP)

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