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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.


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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.