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Israel supports Kurdish statehood, rejects PKK terrorism

September 13, 2017


Netanyahu: Israel supports Kurdish statehood, rejects PKK terrorism Kurds march in support of their statehood in Austria. (AP/Ronald Zak)

Israel supports the “legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own,” but rejects the acts of terrorism committed by PKK activists.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own,” but rejects the PKK’s acts of terrorism committed in the name of Kurdish statehood.

Netanyahu’s office released the dramatic statement on Tuesday during the premier’s historic trip to Latin America.

In a direct jab at Turkey, which has been the target of the PKK’s attacks, the statement said that “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,” the statement said.

The PKK, or Kurdistan Workers’ Party, has been engaged for 32 years in an armed conflict against Turkey for cultural and political rights and self-determination for the Kurdish people.

More than 600 Turkish security personnel and thousands of PKK fighters have been killed since the ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdish group failed in 2015 and the hostilities resumed. Human rights groups say hundreds of civilians have also been killed.

Turkey and its allies consider the PKK a terror organization.

Greater Kurdistan includes all four parts of the Kurdish homeland divided among four Middle Eastern countries—Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

In August, Netanyahu told a delegation of 33 Republican congressmen visiting Israel that the Kurds are “brave, pro-Western people who share our values,” expressing support for an independent Kurdish state.


On September 25, voters in the Kurdistan region of Iraq will cast their ballots in a long-awaited independence referendum.

The Kurds and Israel do not have official relations but have enjoyed friendly ties. “Israel has been the only state to have publicly voiced its support for Kurdish statehood in northern Iraq,” Kurdish broadcaster Kurdistan 24 reported last month.

Former Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar observed that “we Jews, like the Kurds, are a minority in the Middle East. Kurds have proven themselves over decades to be a reliable strategic partner for us.”


By: World Israel News Staff




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Douglas Beachler • 7 days ago

Rather see my taxes going to assist the Kurds than funding Abass and the PA

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Valentine Balass • 7 days ago

The Kurds are very good & human People! they helped us escape from Iraq in 1970, We escaped because our lives were in danger.

Prison,killing & hanging people in the name of SPIES. absolutely ridiculous! we left our homes, our lives of thousands of years.Our fathers,grandfathers,great great great... grandfathers who were there before Islam. Thank you Barazani! I wish you all the good things in life. May God Help you & guard you as a free NATION.

You deserve it all.

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EllyR • 7 days ago

Who says you cannot teach old dogs, new tricks? After bending for the Turks too many times Bibi finally understood what to expect, so he bends no more.

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Martin Kaustena • 7 days ago

Western Nations including US should openly support the establishment of Kurdish nation if they want to meaningfully counter the spread of radical Islam terror today and in future. Israel very much needs a reliable partner nearer to their home and that Kurdish nation would provide that strong and solid ally because of their shared values. Kurds need support at the UN too.

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Zvi Gross • 7 days ago

Where are all the Human right activists and organizations when it comes to Kurds, Tibetans, Middle East Christians, and all other opressed and dispossessed groups in the world? They raise their voice though for all real or imagined Muslim grivance, especially when they can twist the facts to bush Israel!!! I don't think they have much credibility left!!!

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BOTOSANI123 . • 7 days ago

Any think to help the Kurd's and en bares Erdogan is a god move.

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Peter Cohen • 12 hours ago

Rather see my taxes going to fund the YEZIDI, who are persecuted by Kurds, Arabs, Turks and Persians.

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roberto • 13 hours ago

Barzanistan is NOT the Great Kurdistan, but just a part of it.

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roberto • 13 hours ago

PKK terrorist? How about Irgun, Hahanah, Gang Stern...???

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PKK are not terrorists any more than Etzel was terrorist or Mukti Bahani was terrorist.
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