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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

A somewhat bemused Jewish national political reporter for NBC News this week posted to his Twitter account what may be the first-ever Rosh HaShana greeting from the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to American Jews.

The good wishes for a “happy and sweet New Year” came from the new Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Reema Bandar Al Saud bint Bandar. An additional, sweet little hand-written “Happy Shana Tova” signature was added in the bottom right-hand corner of the card to personalize the greeting.

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Saudi Arabia has become closer to Israel and the Jews in recent years as Iran has become a greater threat to the security of its neighbors in the Middle East, including other Arab nations.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.