Debate about the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, scheduled for the end of the month, will continue to ignite regional debate and hold the states directly involved — namely, Iraq and, indirectly, Syria, Turkey and Iran — in a frenzy.
The consultation, however, also affects the United States — architects of “full Kurdish autonomy” back when the enemy Saddam Hussein led Iraq — Russia and several other countries. Among these there is Israel, which has always been close to the cause of Iraqi Kurds.
So, while intense negotiations and behind-the-scenes maneuverings are underway to sink the referendum — the alliance that Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey is trying to cushion with Iran is proof — or to impose the postponement of the referendum, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first “Western” leader to make a statement openly in favor of the proclamation of a Kurdish state. The Palestinians under Israeli occupation will have to keep waiting, perhaps forever. The man in charge of the most far-right government in Israel’s history, however, pointed out that, in his opinion, Abdullah Ocalan’s PKK was a “terrorist” organization, distancing himself from the opposite statements recently made by the former deputy head of the armed forces, Yair Golan.