Peres sends New Year greeting to Iranian people (JERUSALEM POST) By GREER FAY CASHMAN 03/19/12)
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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.
It is also the New Year of the Bahai faith which originated in Iran,
but whose followers there now face constant persecution and human
The Bahai community in Israel, though headquartered in Haifa, always
holds its New Year celebrations in Jerusalem and will do so again
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."
In the course of the interview, Peres addressed himself to the
Iranian people saying that it was still not too late to change the
corrupt administration and to revive the glorious Persian tradition.
The Iranian people are the heirs of a magnificent legacy of culture
and values and not of bombs and rockets, said Peres, who chided the
Iranians, saying that it was inconceivable that a people with such a
splendid history could allow an extreme group full of blind hatred
and malice to bring so much shame on the country´s historic past. How
could the nation allow the regime to instill so much terror and to
deny people the freedom which is their right, Peres asked. Peres also
referred to the younger generation which is seeking to leave Iran´s
dictatorship. Iran which was once looked upon with favor by the world
today provokes great opposition said Peres who attributes the unrest
in Iran and in other parts of the region to the strong desire to
escape the cycle of poverty.
Every child in the world, including in Iran, when he gets up in the
morning, is entitled to eat breakfast, said Peres who charged the
Iranian regime with investing all its money in nuclear capability
while sentencing the population to poverty and starvation.
Peres told his listeners that if the Iranian people join forces to
lift their voices in protest, the world will be behind them and will
help them to recreate a genuinely Iranian Iran.
Towards the end of the interview, Peres recalled his visit to Iran in
the days of the late Shah, at which time there were warm diplomatic
relations between Iran and Israel (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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