A small but symbolic tweet

September 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

 

This tweet was from the President of the Islamic Republic Republic of .

The Washington Post reports:

The tweet called special attention to Iran’s Jews – there are thought to be perhaps 25,000 living largely in peace – but it’s the reference to “all Jews” that seems especially significant. Given the long-standing enmity between Iran and , and the years of official Iranian rhetoric condemning in often anti-Semitic language, this is quite a shift.

After eight years of fiercely anti-Israeli rhetoric from former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his government, which often veered well into anti-Semitism, it’s difficult to separate discussion of Jews in Iranian political discourse from discussion of Israel. That’s obviously not a particularly helpful habit. But the point is that this tweet, purportedly from Iran’s president, seemed to be offering a very small gesture of goodwill at least partially toward Israelis, who can usually expect nothing but hateful rhetoric from Iranian rulers. It’s not exactly a unilateral declaration of peace – tomorrow, Iran will probably still support Hezbollah – but it’s yet another hint of Rouhani’s efforts to dramatically soften Iranian foreign policy and rhetoric.

The former President talked often of wiping out Israel and denied the Holocaust occurred. This one sends Rosh Hashanah greetings to all Jews. It is just symbolic, but a very welcome change of tone.

A spokesperson has tried to deny the account is the President’s, and it may be run by someone on his behalf, but it is thought he approves any messages on it.

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15 Responses to “A small but symbolic tweet”

  1. MPH (18 comments) says:

    Not that unusual. Iran have always said they are anti-Zionist not anti-Semitic.

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  2. Alan (1,054 comments) says:

    Agreed; Iran has been the hub of Jewish civilization in the middle east over the past 500 years. It Zionism they have issues with.

    Off topic, but the new President was in my year at University.

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  3. Kimble (4,375 comments) says:

    HAXXORED!!!

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  4. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Makes a refreshing change from the usual nonsense we hear about misinterpreted statements from Iranian leaders as a justification for war. [The former President talked often of wiping out Israel]

    I will sit back and wait for the haters to arrive now.

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  5. cha (3,779 comments) says:

    Snap!

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  6. Ashley Schaeffer (402 comments) says:

    The Lanisters send their regards.

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  7. kowtow (7,581 comments) says:

    Judge him by his actions not his tweets.

    Obama does a great line in empty rhetoric too.

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  8. emmess (1,367 comments) says:

    To good to be true I’m afraid

    Rouhani: wasn’t me
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23972770

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  9. Longknives (4,390 comments) says:

    Beautiful stuff!

    Reminds me of this old Classic…

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  10. cha (3,779 comments) says:

    Google translation of the Farsi version.

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  11. kowtow (7,581 comments) says:

    The next tweet will be of the impersonator facing a firing squad……or as it’s Iran being hanged publicly from a construction crane.
    And that one will be official.

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  12. UglyTruth (3,929 comments) says:

    The next tweet will be of the impersonator facing a firing squad

    Because you’ve predicted the future so well in the past, right kowtow?

    One possibility is that Iran is testing the water to find out how viable it is to seek common ground in the middle east. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how badly it could go for Iran if the Obama-Saudi-Zionist axis manages to gather momentum. It makes sense for them to be cautious, they know full well the nature of US foreign policy.

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  13. Bad__Cat (137 comments) says:

    “The Enemy of my Enemy is my friend.”

    The Shiites are at war with the Sunnis and are outnumbered, so need all the help the can get in the Middle East.

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  14. kowtow (7,581 comments) says:

    Rocket science and Iran !

    They arm extremist Muslim terrorists in Lebanon who fire rockets into Israel.

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  15. UglyTruth (3,929 comments) says:

    They arm extremist Muslim terrorists in Lebanon who fire rockets into Israel.

    More accurately they fire into the territory of the Zionist state of Israel.
    In Islamic thought not all Jews are equal, some are trustworthy and honourable, some are not.
    Given the historical link between the US and the state of Israel it is hardly surprising that Iran would have any regard for Jews who support Zionism by their citizenship.

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