Israel becomes first state to back an independent Kurdistan

Israel supports the establishment of a Kurdish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, as Kurds in Iraq gear up for a referendum on independence that lawmakers in Baghdad oppose.

Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, viewing the minority ethnic group – whose indigenous population is split between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran – as a buffer against shared Arab adversaries.

Other nations have been reluctant to support Kurdish independence, fearing it will introduce another source of instability into a fragile region.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Turkey considers that an act of war

    • JoKeR

      Erdogan thinks anything that impedes him creating his fantasy of another Ottoman Empire is an act of war.

  • JoKeR

    There has been increase instability in the region for 14 centuries though for the life of me I can’t figure out what might have triggered that.

  • Remember this, Kurdistan.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel and Kurdistan would be an alliance of the region’s two toughest militaries. No wonder that diplomats are shitting in their pants over this.