Shimon Peres Wishes Iran a Happy New Year

Hot on the heels of the Facebook love fest between everyday Israelis and Iranians, the social media-savvy Israeli President Shimon Peres is sending out special videotaped Nowruz greeting to the Iranian people. Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is being celebrated today.

In his taped message, Peres comes across as genuinely concerned about the Iranian people. But let’s not kid ourselves — given the tense situation over Iran’s nuclear build up, it is not just by chance that the president is making this gesture now.

Acting like a stern grandfather, he simultaneously scolds and encourages the Iranians with statements like:

Just in case all this was way too much of a downer for the Iranians on their special day, Peres made sure to close on what he clearly hoped would come across as a warm wish.

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