Israel voices ‘grave concern’ over Iran’s next president Ebrahim Raisi

Israel voices 'grave concern' over Iran's next president Ebrahim Raisi
Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Israel has said the international community should have grave concerns about Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president-elect.

Lior Haiat, a spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry, said Mr Raisi is Iran’s most extremist president yet.

The spokesperson also warned the new leader will increase Iran’s nuclear activities.

Ebrahim Raisi was declared the winner of Iran’s general election on Saturday, in a race that was widely seen as being designed to favour him. He will be inaugurated in August.

He is Iran’s top judge and holds ultra-conservative views. Mr Raisi is under US sanctions and has been linked to past executions of political prisoners.

In a statement following his victory, the new President-elect promised to strengthen public trust in the government, and be a leader for the entire nation.

State media quoted him as saying: “I will form a hard-working, revolutionary and anti-corruption government.”

However, Israel’s Lior Haiat said a in a critical Twitter thread that Mr Raisi is “an extremist figure, committed to Iran’s rapidly advancing military nuclear program”.

Israel and Iran have been in a long-running “shadow war”, which has resulted in both countries taking part in tit-for-tat actions, but so far avoiding all-out conflict. Recently, however, the hostilities between the two have escalated again.

The situation between the two is complex, but one big source of tension is Iran’s nuclear activities.

Iran blames Israel for an attack on one of its uranium enrichment plants in April and the murder of its top nuclear scientist last year.

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