Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has condemned the new Iranian president as “hanged,” describing Ebrahim Raisi’s election victory as a final call to “awaken” world powers before returning to a nuclear deal with Tehran. .
Bennett made the comments Sunday when he opened his first cabinet meeting since swearing in his new coalition government last week.
Hard justice Raisi was elected Iran’s next president on Saturday with 62% of the vote in the middle of a story little electoral participation. He was sanctioned in part by the United States for his involvement in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, at the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Raisi has not made any specific comments on the event.
Bennett told the Jerusalem cabinet meeting that “of all the people that (Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei could choose, he chose the hangman from Tehran, the infamous man among Iranians and all over the world to lead the death committees executed by thousands of innocent Iranian citizens over the years. “
Iran and world powers resumed indirect talks in Vienna on Sunday to resurrect the tumultuous 2015 Tehran nuclear deal, which gave relief to Iran over sanctions in exchange for halting its nuclear program.
Iranian and American diplomats have been negotiating one return to the agreement in the Austrian capital through European intermediaries since April.
The nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran, which Israel opposed, collapsed after former U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018. This decision has seen as Iran, over time, has abandoned all enrichment limitations and Tehran is currently enriching uranium to its highest levels in history, even though it has not yet reached arms levels.
Bennett said Raisi’s election as Iranian president was “the last chance to awaken world powers before returning to the nuclear deal and understanding who they are doing business with.”
“These guys are murderers, mass murderers: a regime of brutal hangers should never be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction that allow it not to kill thousands, but millions,” he said.
Israel has long stated that it opposes Iran’s nuclear program, an enemy, and said it would prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
Earlier this month, the Mossad intelligence chief leaving Israel noted that Israel was behind a series of recent attacks aimed at the country’s nuclear program.
Harry Fawcett, of Al Jazeera, a West Jerusalem informant, said Bennett’s statements were aimed at an international audience and designed to bolster his credentials at home as tough on Iran.
Bennett leads a broad coalition of parties ranging from Jewish ultranationalists to liberal factions and an Arab party that ousted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a long time ago and sent him into opposition for the first time in 12 years.
“The fact that [Bennett] made the remarks in English was quite interesting since he was talking to his cabinet, of the type [meeting] in which you would see his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu speaking in Hebrew, ”Fawcett said.
“So this is obviously a message designed for the world at large: a message designed to push things in Israel’s favor in terms of the possibility of resuming Iran’s nuclear deal.”
Nuclear talks were postponed
Sunday later, negotiators for Iran and the six world powers postponed talks on reactivating the nuclear deal and agreed to return to their respective capitals for consultations, as the remaining differences still need to be overcome. officials said.
“We are now closer than ever to an agreement, but the distance between us and an agreement is maintained and saving it is not an easy task,” Iran’s top negotiator told Vienna state television. Abbas Araqchi.
“We will be back in Tehran tonight.”
After more than a week of negotiations in its final round, the parties to the pact ended the envoy from Russia saying that no date had been set for the resumption of negotiations so far, although suggested they could return in ten days.
Enrique Mora, the European Union’s political director who has coordinated the talks, told reporters in Vienna that progress has been made this week in the sixth round of talks.
“We are closer to an agreement, but we are not there yet. We are closer than a week ago, but we are not there yet “, said Mora.
Sunday’s talks are the first since Raisi, who will take office in August, won the election.
Raisi, like Khamenei, has backed nuclear talks as a way to cancel U.S. sanctions that have paralyzed the Islamic Republic’s oil-based economy and dramatically worsened economic hardship, causing widespread discontent. .
The new government will hope to ask for credit for any economic benefit derived from the reactivation of the agreement, which the outgoing administration could achieve before Raisi takes office.
Several Iranian officials told Reuters news agency that the country’s current negotiating team would remain intact for at least a few months under Raisi’s presidency.