Iranian AMerican Jewish Federation

American-Jewish Iranians Reject Rouhani Invitation To Meet

09/23/2013
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When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as president of Iran, would invite leaders of the Iranian Jewish community in the U.S. to meet with him when he was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the answer was a definitive “no.”

After all, he was a Holocaust denier whose stated goal was to wipe Israel off the map.

But in recent days, when the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, issued a similar invitation, there was considerable discussion among the leadership of the Iranian Jewish community here and in Los Angeles as to the appropriate response. Unlike his predecessor, Rouhani has been on a one-man public relations campaign, seeking to soften his country’s image in the hopes of easing tough economic sanctions and countering talk of military action against Iran.

Iranian Jewish leaders hoped Rouhani would offer proposals to expand freedom, but "haven't seen anything yet." Getty Images
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