Newly elected President of Iran Hassan Rouhani took to his Twitter account on Wednesday to wish a happy Rosh Hashanah to the global Jewish community. “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah,” read the tweet (below) complete with picture that was posted on Rouhani’s official account.
In contrast to his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was known for espousing anti-Semitic vitriol, Iran’s new head of government is believed to be a more moderate figure among the country’s ruling theocracy. According to a report published on the news website JTA, Iran is home to 10,000 Jews — making it the largest Jewish community in the region outside of Israel.
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) September 4, 2013