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    Israeli Parliament Reportedly Considers Promoting Kurdish State

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    Hardly a year has passed since Iraqi Kurds conducted an Israeli-backed referendum, that Tel Aviv reportedly considered supporting Kurdistan’s prospective statehood.

    Israeli MPs have reportedly discussed a bill that outlines the means by which Israel may help Kurds build their state in Syria, Iraq and Turkey, which would support Tel Aviv. According to one of Israel’s radio stations, the bill had been submitted to the Knesset by two Israeli right-wing parties, namely Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu. The radio quoted Yoav Kish as saying that given the Kurdish minority living in the aforementioned countries, which are generally hostile to Israel, the proposed move would play into the hands of the Israeli state.

    "There is a reason that Israel was the first to publicly congratulate moves toward Kurdish independence in northern Iraq," Kish added.

    Back in 2017, Israel became the only country to support the Kurdish plebiscite which endorsed the Kurds’ self-proclaimed secession from Iraq – a development that was vigorously criticized around the world.

    Back then, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Tel Aviv backed what he called "legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own." Alongside political backing, Israel was reportedly a major buyer of Kurdistan’s oil and the top investor in the region in 2017.

    The Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum that took place on September 25 triggered changes in the region. More than 90 percent of the voters who took part in the plebiscite backed the independence from Baghdad. Iraqi authorities declared the referendum illegal, while Turkey and Iran vehemently criticized the plebiscite and threatened to impose tough sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan's capital Erbil.

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