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Israel's president sends Iranians his traditional greeting for Persian New Year

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JERUSALEM — The Israeli president has sent Iranians his traditional greeting for the Persian New Year despite tensions between the two countries over Tehran's nuclear program.

Shimon Peres on Thursday wished Iranians a happy Nowruz, reaching out to them on Persian-language radio stations and his social network sites.

PHOTO: An Iranian man plays with a firework in the Pardisan Park in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, during Chaharshanbe Souri, or Wednesday Feast, an ancient Festival of Fire, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year, when Iranians jump over burning bonfires and throw firecrackers celebrating arrival of the spring which coincides with their new year, or Nowruz, which begins on March 21. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
An Iranian man plays with a firework in the Pardisan Park in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, during Chaharshanbe Souri, or Wednesday Feast, an ancient Festival of Fire, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year, when Iranians jump over burning bonfires and throw firecrackers celebrating arrival of the spring which coincides with their new year, or Nowruz, which begins on March 21. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

March 21, the first day of spring, marks Nowruz, the beginning of the year 1393 on the Persian calendar.

Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, spoke in Hebrew and Persian, saying the two countries "respect culture and human dignity" and seek to "live in peace and understanding."

Israel views Iran as an existential threat because of its controversial nuclear program and support for militant groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

This month, Israel seized a ship it said was carrying Iranian weapons for Gaza.

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