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Netanyahu backs Kurdish independence in Iraq
Mina Aldroubi, UAE National, Sep 13 2017

Israeli PM Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel supports the establishment of an independent Kurdistan ahead of a controversial referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence which Baghdad rejects. An independent Kurdistan would give Israel an ally in the region and undermine Iranian influence in Iraq. The PM’s Office (PMO) said:

Israel supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own.

The statement came just two days after Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked said:

Israel and the West have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan.

She encouraged Pindostan to “support the process,” referring to the referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence planned for Sep 25. The PMO also said on Wednesday that Israel considers the PKK a “terrorist organisation,” as do Turkey, Pindostan and the EU. The statement was at odds with recent remarks made by former IOF deputy chief of staff Maj-Gen Yair Golan. During a conference in Faschingstein on Sep 7, Golan expressed support for Kurdish independence and said:

The Kurdish PKK fighting Turkey is not a terrorist organisation.

Professor Yossi Mekelberg, a senior associate fellow at the RIAA (Chatham House), said:

Israel’s main relations with the Kurdish regional government lie in economic and geostrategic interests. Israel doesn’t want a strong Iran in the region, and finding an ally in Iraq’s Kurdistan region will weaken Tehran.

Since the 1960s, Israel has maintained discreet business, intelligence and military ties with the Kurds, viewing the minority ethnic group whose indigenous population is split between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran as a buffer against shared Arab adversaries. Future relations between the two will be “opaque and will mostly lie within intelligence, military ties and will be geostrategic only,” Professor Mekelberg added. The statement on Wednesday was not Netanyahu’s first endorsement of Kurdish statehood. In Jun 2014, in a position that appeared to clash with the pindo one of trying to keep war-torn Iraq united. Netanyahu told a Tel Aviv think-tank:

We should support the Kurdish aspiration for independence, and the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region. The Kurds are a nation of fighters who have proved political commitment and are worthy of independence.

Kurds have sought an independent state since at least the end of World War One, when colonial powers divided up the Middle East after the collapse of the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire. Like Jews, Kurds share a history of statelessness and persecution. Many believe that their shared culture and language can be best preserved by claiming an independent state. Neighbouring states, including Turkey and Iran, and the central Iraqi government in Baghdad, have opposed Kurdish aspirations for independence out of fears it will destabilise the region. Pindostan and other western states who have friendly relations with the Iraqi Kurdistan government have openly opposed the upcoming referendum, arguing it will distract from the war against Daesh. But despite this, KRG Pres Barzani has vowed to press on with the poll. The Kurds plan to hold the referendum in the three governorates that make up their self-ruled region: Erbil, Sulaymania and Dohuk, as well as disputed areas that are controlled by Kurdish forces but claimed by Baghdad, including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

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