Israeli PM raises alarm on Iran’s president-elect on nuke deal

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Ebrahim Raisi’s winning of Iran’s presidential election is a “final wake-up call” for the world powers not to renew the nuclear deal.

In a televised statement at the start of the government meeting, Bennett said that the winning of Raisi in the election is “perhaps a last-minute signal before returning to the nuclear agreement to understand with whom they are doing business and what kind of regime they are choosing to strengthen.”

He added that Iran must not possess nuclear weapons and this is the “clear and consistent position of Israel.”

Like his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett is an opponent of the renewal of the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran.

In his first address to the parliament last Monday, Bennett, a nationalist leader of an eight-party diverse coalition, said that the emerging deal is a “mistake” and that his country “will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons.”