ERBIL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been showing his country’s support to a future independent state of Kurdistan.
In an official statement on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that Israel supports the establishment of an independent state for Kurds in the Middle East.
The statement comes as the Kurdistan Region is preparing for a referendum on its secession from Iraq.
The top Israeli official previously in mid August told dozens of US congressmen that Israel is in favour of Kurdistan’s independence. His supportive remarks were followed by the ones of the country's Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked who said earlier this week that an independent state of Kurdistan would benefit Israel, the US, and Western countries.
“Israel [and] the Western countries have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan,” Shaked said.
“I think that the time has come for the US to support the process [of an independent Kurdistan],” she continued.
Concerning the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Netanyahu said, "Israel rejects the PKK and considers it a terrorist organization, as opposed to Turkey, which supports the terror organization Hamas. While Israel rejects terror in any form, it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own.”