Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted new year's greetings to Jews around the world Sunday, just in time for the Jewish Rosh Hashana holiday that begins at sundown Sunday evening. Rouhani even included part of the message in Hebrew, tweeting, “L’Shanah Tovah,” which means “Have a good year.”
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) September 13, 2015
“May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding,” he wrote.
Rosh Hashanah, a two-day celebration, is considered one of the most important Jewish holidays and the beginning of the new year.
This isn’t the first time Rouhani has extended such wishes. He started doing so after he was elected in 2013. However, Rouhani admitted at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2014 that he doesn’t make his own Twitter and Facebook posts. His account, like those of many world leaders, is run by someone else.
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) September 4, 2013
Rouhani is considered a moderate compared with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was known for questioning whether the Holocaust actually happened. Rouhani has also been instrumental in shepherding the nuclear deal being considered by the U.S. Congress.