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In Persian, IDF spokesperson wishes Iranians a happy Nowruz, takes shots at leaders

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Incoming IDF Spokesperson Ran Kochav speaks during a ceremony at the IDF Spokesperson's Unit's headquarters in northern Tel Aviv on June 6, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Spokesperson Ran Kochav speaks during a ceremony at the IDF Spokesperson's Unit's headquarters in northern Tel Aviv on June 6, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israeli military spokesperson wishes Iranians a happy Nowruz, or Persian New Year, in a snarky tweet on the Israel Defense Forces Persian-language Twitter account.

“Happy Nowruz! I hope this blessing will reach every Iranian whether he is young or old, religious or secular, male or female, and whether he lives in Iran or has left it involuntarily,” Ran Kochav says.

“There is much in common between our peoples and nations. Unfortunately, the Iranian regime is hiding this from you,” the post reads.

“I wish the Iranian people a new spring of hope and respect. Missiles and drones will not fix the country’s acute water crisis, just like enriched uranium will not be able to feed any hungry child in Iran,” he adds.

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