Iranian president congratulates Jews on New Year

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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani congratulated Jews Monday on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, known as Rosh hashana.

“L’Shanah Tovah” Rowhani wrote on his Twitter feed, meaning “Happy New Year” in Hebrew.

“May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect and bring peace and mutual understanding,” he wrote.

Iran does not officially recognize Israel as a sovereign state, but since Rowhani’s election over two years ago the heated rhetoric against Israel has cooled.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regards Iran as Israel’s biggest foreign threat, and has strongly opposed a nuclear deal struck in July between Iran and six world powers.

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