PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel endorses independence for Kurds

Iraq's Kurds plan to hold the referendum on September 25 in three governorates that make up their self-ruled region as well as disputed areas that are controlled by Kurdish forces but claimed by Baghdad, including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

By: AP | Jerusalem | Published: September 13, 2017 11:50 am
Benjamin Netanyahu kurds, kurds independence, israel and kurds, israel supports kurds, kurds support, independent kurds, world news, indian express news In an announcement early Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says Israel rejects the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and considers it a terrorist organization. (Amir Cohen, Pool via AP)

Israel’s leader says the country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter.

In an announcement early Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says Israel rejects the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and considers it a terrorist organization. However, the statement says Israel “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own.”

Iraq’s Kurds plan to hold the referendum on September 25 in three governorates that make up their self-ruled region as well as disputed areas that are controlled by Kurdish forces but claimed by Baghdad, including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

Israel has long been sympathetic to the Kurds and becomes to first country to officially endorse them in the vote.

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    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm
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      Vivek
      Sep 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm
      And other countries are endorsing Palestinian independence. Netanyahu needs to release the Palestinians from Israeli occupation, before he talks of independence for anyone else.
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          sirajjugnu
          Sep 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm
          The world may appreciate if the Israel PM also endorses Land of Palestine.
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          1. Wicknes Sini
            Sep 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm
            He does endorse the Land of Palestine but unfortunately, that was the Land of Israelites before the Palestinian Arabs occupied it through forces just as Muslims have done the world over by invading usurping and then oppressing the native people of the land. The homeland of the Palestinians is the Transjordan territory. The UN par ion plan and the 'Pre 1967' borders are the evil attempts of the British imperialist mafia to please the Arabs after promising the Israelites of their homeland in the Holy Land.
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              Vivek
              Sep 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm
              It was the land of the Palestinians before the Israelites occupied it. In all of human history, the Israelites only ruled Palestine for a thousand years, and that was almost two thousand years ago. The Palestinians have always been on that land. Nobody has the right to "promise" to someone land that belongs to somebody else. However, what's done is done, but Netanyahu is pursuing a policy of Zionist lebensraum, which means he fully intends to force the Palestinians to leave their homeland so Israel can expand.
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