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Iraqi MP: Like Israel, Kurdistan will cause years of war

By Rudaw 25/9/2017
Mowaffak al-Rubai is an Iraqi MP from the ruling Shiite National Alliance. He is also a fromer Iraqi National Security Adviser.  Photo: Rudaw TV
Mowaffak al-Rubai is an Iraqi MP from the ruling Shiite National Alliance. He is also a fromer Iraqi National Security Adviser. Photo: Rudaw TV

BAGHDAD, Iraq – An Iraqi official has accused “racist” Kurds of trying to establish a second Israel that will throw the region into years of conflict.
 
“The step that was taken by some racists in Kurdistan will bring instability to the entire region for years to come. The representatives of such efforts had established the state of Israel in 1948,” Mowaffak al-Rubaie, an MP from the ruling Shiite National Alliance told reporters in the Iraqi parliament.
 
There have been three wars since the creation of Israel, he added. Rubaie is a former National Security Adviser.
 
“The one who loses the most is our beloved Kurdish nation,” he continued.
 
On Monday, the Iraqi parliament requested Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deploy troops to the areas that have come under Peshmerga control since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the latest in a series of measures announced by Abadi. On Sunday, he called on foreign nations to close their air and land borders with the Kurdistan Region.
 
Rubaie warned that all the achievements made by Kurds in Iraq since 2003 are now under threat.
 
“The government should take decisive, forceful, strong, and practical steps against those who made adventures with the destiny of the people of Kurdistan,” the Iraqi MP said, adding that Iraq should make use of “soft power” for now against the Kurdish leadership.
 
While he said that it is “unacceptable” to use military force against the Kurdistan Region, “security” options are not off the table.
 
“The sanctions should not target the people of Kurdistan,” he explained, but “racists Kurds” who called for the vote.
 
He also said that tens of MPs are working on collecting signatures to remove the Iraqi President, Fuad Masum, a Kurd, from his position for failing to protect Iraq’s territorial integrity.
 
Masum, who is currently in Baghdad, has been working to mediate between Erbil and Baghdad with the help of the United Nations. He also called the decision to go to the vote as “unilateral.”
 
Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, head of the ruling Shiite State of Law Coalition, rejected the US sponsored initiative that was presented by Masum.
 
Kurdistan’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told reporters earlier on Monday that steps taken by the Iraqi government are “collective punishment.”

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duroi | 25/9/2017
Baghdad should watch its words carefully because post referendum, KEG has now the mandate from the people to declare independence right away. KRG then can join in confederation with another neighbor (not Iraq) by borrowing a page from Texas playbook when Texas declared independence from Mexico and then joined the American federation. Syria is one of the options, and Turkey is another option which I do not personally support, but it is up to KRG leadership.
Real Deal | 25/9/2017
typical arab lies. look at the endless inter arab wars. lebanon, syria, iraq, gulf states etc. israel has a peace treaty with jordan and egypt. result? no wars for decades. arabs live in another reality.
Yoni | 25/9/2017
Kurds, don't be scared of them, this is a historical moment that may not come back for many years...Go for it! Put Yes in the ballot box. A Yes vote will put Kurdistan firmly on the map, like Ben Gurion's declaration of Israel's independence put Israel on the map in 1948, and provided a real home for the Jewish People.
Guest | 25/9/2017
I don't understand why there is such hatred on the part of the Shiite Iraq officials in power. It's this kind of hatred, not the officials in Kurdistan who would be the cause of conflict. Kurdistan has clearly stated it wants a productive relationship between Kurdistan and Iraq.
Sully | 25/9/2017
Comparing the kurdish cause with Israel is pure incompetence! You arabs are the racists and religious fanatatics who have oppressed and commited genicide against the kurds! Take a good look at your country who is filled with secterian strife, suicide bombers and a corrupt government runned by iran!
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