New Israeli leader: World powers must ‘wake up’ on Iran nuke deal

He said the world must pay attention to Iran's presidential election,

New  Israeli leader: World powers must ‘wake up’ on Iran nuke deal

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday opened his first Cabinet meeting since swearing in his new coalition government last week with a condemnation of the new Iranian president. He said Iran’s presidential election was a sign for world powers to “wake up” before returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected Saturday with 62% of the vote amid a historically low voter turnout. He is sanctioned by the U.S. in part over his involvement in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, at the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Raisi has not commented specifically on the event.

Bennett said at the Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that “of all the people that (Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei could have chosen, he chose the hangman of Tehran, the man infamous among Iranians and across the world for leading the death committees that executed thousands of innocent Iranian citizens throughout the years.”

Iran and world powers were set to resume indirect talks in Vienna on Sunday to resurrect Tehran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal, which granted Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

For weeks, Iranian and American diplomats have been negotiating a return to the accord in the Austrian capital through European intermediaries.

Sunday’s talks are the first since the election of Raisi, which will put hard-liners firmly in control across Iran’s government.

The landmark nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which Israel opposed, collapsed after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the accord in 2018. That decision has seen Iran, over time, abandon every limitation on enrichment and Tehran is currently enriching uranium at its highest levels ever, though still short of weapons-grade levels.

Bennett said Raisi’s election as Iranian president was “the last chance for the world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear agreement and to understand who they’re doing business with.

“These guys are murderers, mass murderers: a regime of brutal hangmen must never be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction that will enable it to not kill thousands, but millions,” he said.

Israel has long stated that it opposes arch-enemy Iran’s nuclear program and said it would prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes.

Earlier this month, Israel’s outgoing Mossad intelligence chief signaled that Israel was behind a string of recent attacks targeting the country’s nuclear program.

Bennett heads a broad coalition of parties ranging from Jewish ultranationalists to liberal factions and a small Islamist party. His government convened its first Cabinet meeting since it was sworn in last week, ousting long-time prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office and sending him to the opposition for the first time in 12 years.

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UPDATE: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Saturday Evening Shooting at Oakland’s Lake Merritt

One person was dead, five others wounded and two armed men arrested Saturday evening in a shooting near the shores of Oakland's Lake Merritt, authorities said.

UPDATE: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Saturday Evening Shooting at Oakland’s Lake Merritt

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — One person was dead, five others wounded and two armed men arrested Saturday evening in a shooting near the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt, authorities said.

Oakland police PIO Officer Johnna Watson said that at the time shoots rang out at 6:22 p.m. there was a large crowd of 1,000 gathered at Lake Merritt.

Officers were in the area and quickly responded to the scene. They discovered six gunshot victims. Five males ranging from age 16-27 and one female 21-years-old.

A 22-year-old male was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening wounds and succumbed to his injuries a short time later. His identity was being withheld pending notification of next to kin. No updates were given on the condition of the other five victims.

Andrew Simpson was jogging in the park when the shots rang out.

“I heard gunshots. It was really quick,” Simpson told the East Bay Times. “Out of the corner of my eye I saw a guy with a gun pointing at a car. Everyone started sprinting and screaming. They were yelling ‘we’re getting shot at!’ I didn’t really understand what was going on. Hundreds of people were running. People were jumping in their cars and driving off.”

Watson said in a news release that immediately after the shooting, officers observed two men running from the scene with firearms. Both men have been arrested and two firearms recovered.

Homicide investigators were trying to determine if the individuals arrested were connected or responsible for the shooting.

Video of the scene showed dozens of evidence markers on the sidewalk and in the street at the shoreline.

Anyone with information, video footage or photos was urged to contact OPD’s Homicide Division at (510) 238-3821.

Crime Stoppers of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department are offering up to $35,000 for information leading to the arrest(s) in this case.

This was the 59th homicide investigated by Oakland police this year, far outpacing 2020 when there were 32 homicides being investigated in the city by June 19.

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