Jan. 28, 2019
On Jan. 6, the Foreign Ministry released a statement in Arabic revealing that a number of delegations from Iraq had visited Israel, including influential Sunni and Shiite figures in the country, in 2018. The Foreign Ministry did not name names. The news made waves in Iraq after it was leaked to the press that some of the officials that took part in the delegation were sitting members of parliament. Many lawmakers, including the head of Iraq’s parliament, demanded an investigative committee be established and officials who came into contact with the “Zionist entity” be punished to the full extent of the law. Everyone in the country was outspoken about their opposition to the normalization of ties with Israel, everyone that is, except for one former lawmaker. But we’ll get to him later.