Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi 'An Extremist' With Blood on His Hands, Israel Says

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Then-presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday.
Then-presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday.Credit: WANA NEWS AGENCY/ REUTERS

Israel's Foreign Ministry decried Iran's new president-elect as an extremist with blood on his hands on Saturday, following Judge Ebrahim Raisi's win in Iran's election on a day earlier.

"Iran’s new president, known as the Butcher of Tehran, is an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians," Foreign Minister Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter. "He is committed to the regime’s nuclear ambitions and to its campaign of global terror."

He added, "His election should prompt renewed determination to immediately halt Iran’s nuclear program and put an end to its destructive regional ambitions."

The hardline Raisi won the presidential election amid the lowest turnout in the history of the Islamic Republic. About 28 million Iranians cast their vote Friday, just over half of the country's 59 million eligible voters.

Raisi is under U.S. sanctions for alleged involvement in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, when he was deputy prosecutor in Tehran. He is also the chief of Iran's internationally criticized judiciary, which is one of the world's top executioners.  

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lior Haiat, released a statement on Twitter, writing: "After the Supreme Leader effectively dictated to the Iranian public who they could choose, less than 50 percent of Iranian citizens eligible to vote have elected its most extremist president to date."

He added, "An extremist figure, committed to Iran’s rapidly advancing military nuclear program, his election makes clear Iran's true malign intentions, and should prompt grave concern among the international community."

He continued, "More than ever, Iran’s nuclear program must be halted immediately, rolled back entirely and stopped indefinitely. Iran’s ballistic missile program must be dismantled and its global terror campaign vigorously countered by a broad international coalition."

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