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Kurdistan

Israel justice minister: It’s time for an independent Kurdish state

By Rudaw 20/1/2016
Ayelet Shaked, Israel's justice minister. AP File Photo
Ayelet Shaked, Israel's justice minister. AP File Photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Israel’s Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan and regional cooperation between the two states.

“It is time to help them,” said Shaked according to Times of Israel. She referred to the Kurds as “an ancient, democratic, peace-loving people that have never attacked any country.”

The justice minister who was speaking at an annual INSS security conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, added:  “We must openly call for the establishment of a Kurdish state that separates Iran from Turkey, one which will be friendly towards Israel,”

Shaked highlighted shared interests between Israel and Iraqi Kurdistan, particularly in fighting jihadist groups in the region.

Despite close cultural ties and Israel’s sizeable Jewish Kurdish community, there is no official diplomatic relations between the two.

This is not the first time top Israeli officials express support for the creation of a Kurdish state.

In a speech at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies in 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We need to support the Kurdish aspiration for independence. They deserve it."

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Truth | 20/1/2016
Israelis are eager to start a HUGE war between Kurds, Turks and Arabs. When Persian and Arabs fought in the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, US/Israel gladly armed both sides and 1,000,000+ people died. The Persians and Iraqis were very stupid to fall into the trap, their hatred for each other blinded them. Kurds should be careful, we should never be a pawn in another's game.
Kelly | 20/1/2016
This 'shaked' lady looks uneven... strangely disturbing
Davand | 20/1/2016
Yes it's a hundered years overdue, long live Israel and Kurdistan
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 20/1/2016
THIS IS A GREAT FRIEND .WE NEED MORE SUPPORT LIKE THIS.
Kurdistan | 20/1/2016
Excellent idea and many thanks for the support of Ms.Ayelet Shaked and Israel. The Kurds should not be afraid of the enemies Turkey (or ISIS), Iran and Arab Iraq and start close relations with Israel and become independent. Israel is our role model and we should work on being that strong as Israel.

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