Tehran Jewish leader asks Obama to reconcile with Iran

(JTA) — The head of the Jewish community of Tehran called on President Obama to reconcile the United States’ relations with Iran while the Islamic Republic is ruled by a moderate president.

Homayoun Sameyah Najaf Abady sent the open letter to Obama, and sent a copy to the French news agency AFP, which reported on its contents on Monday.

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“If the US and the international community do not make the best of this golden and perhaps unrepeatable opportunity, then it will be in the benefit of those who are against the normalization of ties between Iran and the U.S.,” he wrote.

He also referred to the freedom enjoyed by the Jewish community in Iran, writing in the letter: “We, the Iranian Jews, as an Iranian religious minority, participated in the elections and elected our popular president freely.”

The head of Tehran’s Jewish community mocked a recent statement by Benjamin Netanyahu criticizing what he said was a lack of freedom in Iran, writing that the Jewish community has freedom of choice in “wearing jeans and listening to music,” according to AFP.

The Iranian Jewish community in the United States declined an official invitation to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his visit to New York to attend the opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Iran is scheduled to meet with the United States and five other world powers beginning on Tuesday in Geneva to discuss its nuclear program.