Kurdistan, Israel, and Peace

May 10, 2008 § 2 Comments

(Picture of Prime Minister of Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani)

The question of peace with Israel hovers over every state in the Middle East (even those who have made peace). Egypt did it, Jordan did it — are they better off now? Syria refuses, Iran refuses — what price have they paid

Now, the question is: In Iraq’s near/distant future, will they do it?

As representatives of a semi-autonomous region of Iraq, Kurdistan and its leaders normally have opinions that differ from their Iraqi federal counterparts. Israel might be one of those issues. In an interview with al-Sharq al-Awsat, Prime Minister of Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani said that Kurdistan will deal with Israel just as they deal with all other countries, but at the same time, he does not plan on normalizing relations with the country. He also denies that Israeli companies are operating in Kurdistan under pseudonyms.


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