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  • Ebrahim Raisi worries Israel giving it "no choice" but to attack Iran's nuclear programme

Ebrahim Raisi worries Israel giving it
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According to Sputnik, Israel's Channel 12 has reported, citing a senior government source, that Ebrahim Raisi's victory in the Iranian presidential elections gives them "no choice" but to attack Iran's nuclear programme. nuclear programme

" 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 had fears on Raisi becoming president of Iran, calling on the international community to have grave concerns about him.

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".

Sputnik reported that Lapid wrote in a statement on Twitter, " election should prompt renewed determination to immediately halt Iran's nuclear program and put an end to its destructive regional ambitions".

Israel and Iran have had a tense relationship since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran. nuclear programme

Over the years, both sides have engaged in tit-for-tat actions, but avoided a direct military conflict.

Relations between the two sides have further deteriorated due to Iran's nuclear programme, which Israel deems as an existential threat.

Earlier this week, Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz warned that "all options are on the table" regarding Tel Aviv's attempts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Tehran has long insisted that its nuclear programme is intended for peaceful purposes only.

It is believed that Israel itself possesses nuclear weapons, but the country maintains a policy of ambiguity, neither admitting nor denying to being a nuclear state, something Tehran has long drawn attention to. nuclear programme


Source: Sputnik

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