July 29, 2016
Building Friendship between Iraqi Kurdistan and Israel – Bakir Lashkari
The friendship between the Kurds and the Jewish people dates back centuries, as Kurdistan was home to thousands of Kurdish Jews who were forced to migrate to Israel by the central government in Baghdad in the 1950s. With an independent Kurdish state, Israel might have a genuine friend in the region.
We Kurds tend to see Israel as a role model for an independent Kurdistan – a small nation surrounded by enemies and bolstered by a strategic partnership with the U.S. It is my dream to see an independent Kurdistan with strong diplomatic relations with Israel. We are the only nation in the region with no hatred toward Israel or America. The writer is president of the Kurdish Diaspora & Intellectual Society. (Jerusalem Post)