Friday, October 20, 2017

Netanyahu Lobbies World Powers to Prevent Iraq's "Transgression" Against Kurds

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Kurds by the Iraqi military forces, according to Israeli officials

Israeli officials said that Netanyahu has discussed the Iraqi Kurds’ plight in phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, Reuters reported on Friday.
The Israeli prime minister has discussed the Kurdish issue with France and the Israeli national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat. He has been discussing the matter with Trump administration officials as well, the source said.
An Israeli official, who declined to be named, told Reuters that Israel had security interests in Kurdistan.
“This (territory) is a foothold. It’s a strategic place,” the official said.
 This (territory) is a foothold. It’s a strategic place,” the  Israeli official said. 

"He said that Israel wanted the Kurds to be provided with the means to protect themselves, noting that “It would be best if someone gave them weaponry, and whatever else, which we cannot give, obviously.”
The Israeli official said : It would be best if someone gave them weaponry, and whatever else, which we cannot give, obviously.”

Of course that Israeli official is lying. Israel has been involved, including giving weapons and training, with the PKK Kurds,  KDP Kurds and others for decades now.
“The issue at present is ... to prevent an attack on the Kurds, extermination of the Kurds and any harm to them, their autonomy and region, something that Turkey and Iran and internal Shi‘ite factions and other powers in Iraq and part of the Iraqi government want,” Netanyahu’s intelligence minister, Israel Katz, told Tel Aviv radio station 102 FM on Friday."

Israel Katz? Any relation to Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence? There is that whole victimhood narrative being pushed, yet again. This was going to present an obvious problem for Abadi.

As mentioned:
"However, Abadi’s long-term success will depend on his ability to prevent another victimhood narrative that will feed Kurdish grievances."
Basnews in closing
"Another Israeli official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, framed Netanyahu’s efforts as a moral imperative. 
“They (Kurds) are a deeply pro-Western people who deserve support, he said."
Pro-western people who deserve support? Where and how to even begin an interpretation of this statement?

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