Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet on Sunday warned of the outcome of Iran’s presidential election and said it was further proof that Tehran could not be allowed to get hold of nuclear weapons.
Ebrahim Raisi, the new Iranian president, is already sanctioned by the United States in part for his involvement in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. He won 62% of the vote in a very low-rate election participation.
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Some Israeli officials have called Raisi the most dangerous person to occupy the office.
“Raisi’s election to Iran’s presidency is a signal to world powers that they must wake up,” Bennett said, according to the Jerusalem Post. “This may be the last signal before going back on the deal with Iran. They need to understand who they are doing business with and what kind of regime they choose to strengthen. An executioner regime cannot have to do with it. ‘weapons of mass destruction.”
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Bennett, a right-wing leader in the country who was once an aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has already faced serious challenges after just over a week in office. There was a controversial flag parade in Jerusalem that sparked conflict last week after Hamas launched a balloon attack. Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza.
Bennett was clearly waving to the United States when he mentioned the return to the nuclear deal. The Post reported that Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, said in an interview that the top priority at the moment is “to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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