On Saturday, Iran’s Interior Ministry declared Ebrahim Raisi the winner of the nation’s presidential elections. The top judge, who is known for his ultraconservative views, received almost 62 percent of the vote amid the country’s lowest voter turnout (48.8 percent).
the president-elect that Ebrahim Raisi’s victory in the Iranian presidential elections gives them “no choice” but to attack Iran’s nuclear programme, Israel’s Channel 12 has reported, citing a senior government source. “[The attack] will require budgets and the reallocation of resources”, the source told the TV channel, adding that Israeli security officials believe Raisi will adopt hardline views on foreign and nuclear policy pushed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Earlier, israel said the international community should have grave concerns about Ebrahim Raisi becoming president of Iran. Several high-ranking Israeli officials have harshly criticised the president-elect, with the country’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid describing Raisi as an “extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians”.
israel and Iran have had a tense relationship since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran. At the time, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini adopted a sharp anti-Israel stance and cut off all ties with its neighbour. Over the years, both sides have engaged in tit-for-tat actions, but avoided a direct military conflict.