Marking a sharp shift from his Holocaust-denying predecessor, new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday wished "all Jews" a "blessed Rosh Hashanah" on his English-language Twitter account.
Rosh Hashanah, of course, is the Jewish celebration of the new year. As Rouhani mentions, it begins Wednesday at sundown. The image in the tweet is reportedly taken from a synagogue in Tehran.
Rouhani, a Shiite Muslim cleric, was elected president in June. He is widely seen as more moderate than Ahmadinejad, though his goodwill gesture on Wednesday stunned even veteran Iran watchers.
This is a big deal, but I'm not as stunned by it as the "veteran Iran watchers." And it is also very meaningful that the message was tweeted, as the "Twitter Revolution" laid much of the ground for this major shift in Iranian politics. Let's hope this leads to a re-flourishing of Iranian cinema.