Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani AFP photo

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been known for its virulently anti-Israel and often anti-Semitic views, but it appears to be willing to make an exception in order to sell the Iran nuclear deal.

On Thursday, the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance gave a short-term reporting visa to the Jewish Daily Forward, the paper announced, after a two-year process.

The sudden approval may be an attempt by Iran to influence American public opinion about the Iranian nuclear deal, ahead of what is widely expected to be a stormy debate in Congress.

The White House hopes to garner enough votes to prevent the Republican controlled legislative branch from shooting down the deal.

A "no" vote would not automatically kill the deal, but it would force Obama to issue a veto and rally enough Democratic votes to uphold it. It remains to be seen if opponents to the deal can obtain a 2/3 veto-proof majority.

The state of affairs has prompted a ferocious battle for public opinion, including within the Jewish community.

Groups like right-leaning AIPAC and left-leaning J-Street have engaged in a multi-million-dollar public relations faceoff. At least one group, the American Jewish Committee, has already publicly rejected the Iran deal.

The visa was valid for seven days instead of the typical thirty, the Forward said, and the reporter has since returned to the US.

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