ERBIL— Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked stated on Monday that the establishment of an independent Kurdistan in Iraq will benefit her country and the West, Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported.
Only two weeks before Kurdistan Region's independence vote takes place, Shaked made the remark in an international counter-terrorism conference.
Israel supports Kurdish independence, "at least in the Iraqi part," she told the conference which also the ousted US president advisor Sebastian Gorka attended.
"Israel and countries of the West have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan," Shaked remarked, adding "I think that the time has come for the U.S. to support the process."
The US and several other countries have demanded Kurdistan to postpone the independence vote, believing that the process will negatively affect the global offensive against Islamic State (IS).
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has turned down the demand, stressing Kurdistan armed forces are ready for any cooperation in the battle against terror anytime and anywhere.
This is not the first time an Israeli official voices support for statehood for Kurdistan.
According to a report by Jerusalem Post, last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed to a delegation of 33 US Republican congressmen that he had a "positive attitude" towards an independent Kurdistan.
"We need to support the Kurdish aspiration for independence. They deserve it," Netanyahu remarked three years ago as he delivered a speech at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies.