Israeli television reports that security officials believe Iranian President-elect Ebrahaim Raisi will adopt what it describes as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s hardline views on foreign and nuclear policy.
Channel 12 says Raisi backs a return to the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, and the estimate in Israel is that an agreement with the US to restore the accord won’t be signed until August, when he takes office.
In the meantime, Iran is expected to build up its stockpile of enriched uranium, the report says.
“There will be no choice [in light of Raisi’s election] but to go back and prepare attack plans for Iran’s nuclear [program]. This will need budgets, and the reallocation of resources,” unnamed senior Israeli sources are quoted saying by the network.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi is flying to Washington tonight for talks with the Biden Administration, with Iran at the top of the agenda.