‘Butcher of Tehran’: Tel Aviv Blasts Election of New Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi has been declared the winner in the 13th Iranian presidential election that took place earlier in the week. He will soon succeed the incumbent president, Hassan Rouhani, who has reached the end of the republic’s two-term limit.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Saturday tweeted his reaction to the outcome of the 13th Iranian presidential election, offering an unflattering opinion on the country’s president-elect, Ebrahim Raisi, whom Lapid dubbed the “Butcher of Tehran”.

He also claimed that Raisi is “committed to the regime’s nuclear ambitions and to its campaign of global terror”.

​Lior Haiat, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, also slammed Raisi, reiterating Tel Aviv’s fear that Iran seeks to develop nuclear weapons and calling for the purported program to be “halted immediately”.

The remarks were pointedly made in light of ongoing negotiations in Vienna between Iran and the signatories of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to restore the nuclear deal that the Trump administration caused the US to exit in 2018.

A US State Department spokesman, cited by AFP, said that Washington would continue talks over the nuclear program even though, according to him, “Iranians were denied their right to choose their own leaders in a free and fair electoral process”.

Raisi was proclaimed the winner of the 13th Iranian presidential election earlier on Saturday, with the country’s Interior Ministry announcing that he had…

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