After reiterating many times in many public forums that Israel has no quarrel with the Iranian people, but is opposed to Iran's extremist leadership, President Shimon Peres on Monday sent greetings for the Persian or Iranian New Year to the population of Iran and to Iranians living in exile. The greetings were delivered via a recorded interview with veteran Farsi broadcaster Menashe Amir on Israel Radio's Farsi program and on YouTube.
The Iranian New Year known as Naw Ruz falls today, Tuesday..
Peres began his message to the Iranian people by saying: "Dear Iranian citizens in all the places in which you may find yourselves, Happy New Year. I wish the Iranian people a truly joyful festival not only in terms of the greetings that emanate from your mouths but also in terms of what is in your hearts. May you have a genuine rather than a feigned holiday and may you know the taste of freedom, the taste of respect and the taste of human dignity."
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