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14/09/2015 12:11 BST | Updated 14/09/2015 12:59 BST

Jewish New Year: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Wishes Jews Happy Rosh Hashanah

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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani smiles during his press conference in Tehran, Iran. Rouhani said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 that his country is ready to hold talks with the United States and Saudi Arabia on ways to resolve the Syrian civil war, providing such negotiations can secure peace and democracy in conflict-torn Syria. Rouhani's remarks came during a press conference on Tuesday with visiting Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has wished a 'happy new year' to the global Jewish community, in a seemingly unprecedented peace offering.

Tensions between Tehran and Israel have been fraught in recent months, after Iran signed up to a momentous nuclear deal with world powers - an agreement blasted by the Israeli prime minister as "a historic mistake."

But Rouhani on Sunday called for a deeper respect between the often hostile pair, saying he hoped their "shared Abrahamic roots" would lead to "peace and mutual understanding".

“May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding,” the Middle Eastern leader wrote in a social media post, ending his message with the Hebrew phrase “L'Shanah Tovah,” which means: “May it be a good year.”

His message on Twitter, which has since been shared almost 2,000 times, was accompanied with a photo of Iranian Jews praying in a synagogue in Tehran.

Rouhani's remarks came just days after Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei posted a message on Twitter himself, saying that Israel would not survive 25 years.

In quotes that appeared on his official website, Khamenei said: “Some Zionists have said that regarding the result of the nuclear deal they (Israelis) have been relieved of concerns about Iran for 25 years.

"But we tell them that you will not see the coming 25 years and God willing there will not be something named the Zionist regime in the region," he wrote.

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