During an international counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya on September 11, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced that Israel supports the idea of turning Iraq’s Kurdistan Region into an independent state.
Shaked added that Israel and Western countries have a major interest in this case.
“Israel [and] the Western countries have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan,” the minister said. “I think that the time has come for the US to support the process.”
The statement came ahead a referendum on the Kurdistan Region independence from Iraq that is scheduled for September 25.
This is not the first time when top Israeli officials clearly support the idea of creation of the independnet Kurdish state in the Middle East. They expect it will be friendly toward Israel and allow to shift further the balance of power in the region.
In 2016, Ayelet Shaked already called for this during the ninth annual International INSS (Institute for National Security Studies) Conference in Israel.
“We [Israel] must openly call for the establishment of a Kurdish state that separates Iran from Turkey, one which will be friendly towards Israel,” she said.
On September 7, 2017, the former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Major General Yair Golan said that he supports establishing of the Greater Kurdistan, a state that will include the Kurdish-populated territories of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. According to Major General Golan this will contribute to stability in the Middle East.