WASHINGTON - The Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, warned Sunday that President Barack Obama should not take any actions before leaving office that could hurt Israel at the UN.

Bolton, who is among those being considered for the post of secretary of state in the Trump administration, said during a radio interview that there is “a lot of speculation over in Turtle Bay at U.N. headquarters about resolutions that recognize a Palestinian state or that try and set a boundary for Israel based on the 1967 ceasefire lines.”

“I think that’d be very inadvisable for the president to do that,” he said.

Obama said during his final speech as president at the UN General Assembly that Israel would be in a better position if it did not “permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land” and Palestinians would be better off if they were to “reject incitement.”

Bolton said Sunday that Trump’s transition team is “doing an excellent job,” noting that Trump has spoken with various world leaders who have congratulated him on winning the election.

“They’re obviously very, very interested in finding out more about him, more about what his administration’s priorities are going to be,” Bolton said.

Bolton served as ambassador to the UN under George W Bush. “I think part of the uncertainty that people feel is that they know that America’s foreign policy is going to change. That’s what democracy does. You get new leaders and the country moves in a different direction,” Bolton said.

AFP adds: Israel’s top court on Monday said the army’s incoming chief rabbi could not be appointed until he explained homophobic and misogynistic remarks, including seemingly justifying raping gentile women in war.

Colonel Eyal Karim has until Wednesday to “clarify” his position to the High Court on issues he has raised in the past, a court spokesman told AFP.

The court issued an interim order on Karim’s appointment following an appeal by secular left-wing opposition party Meretz, in the light of remarks that surfaced when the decision to make him the military’s top rabbi was announced in July.

Monday’s decision was lauded by Meretz, but right-wing and religious politicians saw it as crude intervention in a military decision and an attempt to hamper freedom of religion.

In 2002, when he was a civilian, Karim was asked about whether Jewish scripture permitted soldiers to rape non-Jewish civilians during wartime.

“Although intercourse with a female gentile is very grave, it was permitted during wartime out of consideration for the soldiers’ difficulties,” he wrote in an answer on a religious website.

“And since our concern is the success of the collective in war, the Torah permitted (soldiers) to satisfy the evil urge under the conditions it stipulated for the sake of the collective’s success.”

In 2012, he issued a statement saying his comments had been taken out of context and that he was totally opposed to rape, arguing that his statement referred to biblical times.

The army has also issued a statement saying that Karim “has never written, said or even thought that an Israeli soldier is permitted to sexually assault a woman in war”.

Thousands of women serve in the Israeli military, but Karim has also said he opposes this as it could damage them and the country “due to loss of modesty”.

He has also suggested gay people were “sick and disabled” and should undergo medical treatment, and argued that wounded Palestinian suicide attackers should be killed.

Under pressure to cancel his appointment, military chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said he “stood behind his decision” after meeting Karim who clarified his remarks.

Karim had stressed that he supported enlistment for women, and that he and the rabbinate would respect any person, “regardless of their religion, race or sexual orientation”, an army statement in July read.

Karim, 59, is a former rabbi at the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva, or Jewish seminary, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

A former commander of an elite paratroop brigade, he is due to succeed Rafi Peretz, who has spent six years in the post.