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Iranian President Can’t Say for Sure Whether the Holocaust Happened

After years of hearing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deny that the Holocaust ever happened and threaten to “wipe Israel off the map,” it was startling, in a good way, when Iranian officials started saying nice things about the Jews a couple of weeks ago. 

I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah,” the new Iranian president, moderate Hassan Rouhani, tweeted in English. (Update: Maybe? Kind of?)

His foreign minister, Javad Zarif, also wished the Jews a happy new year, and distanced Iran from crazy old Ahmadinejad and his crazy notions about the Holocaust: 

Ahmadinejad? That guy? Come one, nobody took that seriously. 

It seemed like a new page had been turned. And then President Rouhani did an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry and could not bring himself to admit that the Holocaust was a real thing. 

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Rouhani doesn’t explicitly deny the Holocaust. But he refuses to acknowledge its existence, which isn’t much better. You do not need to be a historian to know that the Holocaust happened any more than you need to be a barber to believe in Rouhani’s beard. It’s almost as if Rouhani’s higher-ups in Iran pulled him aside and told him, Sooo, great job on those Rosh Hashanah tweets, but maybe just dial it back a little bit?

Iran Back to Sort of Denying the Holocaust