Iran wishes Shana Tova - in Hebrew

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman tweets Rosh Hashanah greetings in Farsi, English and Hebrew.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah

Abbas Mousavi, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, on Sunday tweeted greetings for the Jewish people in honor of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Mousavi’s greeting on Twitter was written in Farsi, English and Hebrew.

“Happy New Year to our Jewish compatriots and to all true followers of great prophet Moses (PBUH),” he wrote.

While Iranian leaders regularly call for Israel’s destruction, they have engaged with the Jewish community in the past.

Last year, it was Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who wished the Jewish people a Happy New Year on Twitter.

“As the sun gives way to the moon, I wish all my Jewish compatriots and Jews worldwide a very Happy New Year filled with peace and harmony. Happy Rosh Hashanah,” wrote Zarif, and included photos from a synagogue in Iran.

Three years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to Twitter to wish Jews a Happy New Year in honor of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

In another gesture to the Jewish community, Rouhani later donated $170,000 to the country's only Jewish hospital.

At the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, between 80,000 and 100,000 Jews were living in Iran. The remaining Jewish community is estimated to number fewer than 10,000 people.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Rosh Hashanah in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)