Ever since Hassan Rouhani got elected as president in June, he has been working hard to portray an image of a more tolerant Iran. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif joined in Rouhani’s efforts on Wednesday and tweeted Rosh Hashanah wishes on Twitter:
Happy Rosh Hashanah— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 5, 2013
Christine Pelosi, daughter of U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, replied on Zarif’s post saying his wishes would have meant a lot more to the world if Iran didn’t deny the Nazi Holocaust in which almost six million Jews were killed.
Thanks. The New Year would be even sweeter if you would end Iran's Holocaust denial, sir. “@JZarif: Happy Rosh Hashanah”— sfpelosi (@sfpelosi) September 5, 2013
She was pointing towards the controversial statement delivered by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005 when he said a lot more non-Western research was required as far as the Holocaust was concerned. Ahmadinejad had said, “They Jews have created a myth in the name of the Holocaust and consider it above God, religion and the prophets.”
In July, Ahmedinejad reiterated his comments, despite the outrage, saying it was a major achievement during his term as president. “That was a taboo topic that no one in the West allowed to be heard. We put it forward at the global level. That broke the spine of the Western capitalist regime,” he said.
Javad Zarif later responded to Pelosi that the representative of Iran who denied the massacre of Jews at the hand of Nazis was no longer in power and Iran no longer endorses that point of view:
@sfpelosi Iran never denied it. The man who was perceived to be denying it is now gone. Happy New Year.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 5, 2013
Iranian Foreign Minister is being praised by many for his comments. People are counting it as a sign of reformation in Iran. And who knows that it might be.