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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Netanyahu responded to conspiracy theories promoted by leaders in Muslim-majority countries that Israel is somehow behind the Kurdish drive for self-determination.

Following a recent referendum on Kurdish independence in northern Iraq, for which Israeli officials voice support, leaders throughout the Middle East have launched accusations regarding the Jewish state’s involvement in Kurdish affairs.

Among the leaders who accused Israel of working behind the scenes to aid the Kurds are Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Islamic terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Nasrallah accused Israel of supporting Kurdish statehood, describing the independence referendum as “a U.S.-Israeli plot to carve up the region.” Erdogan on Saturday blamed Israeli secret service Mossad for Iraqi Kurdistan’s decision to become independent.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau responded to these charges, noting, “I understand why those who support Hamas and want to see the Mossad everywhere that is uncomfortable for them, but Israel had no part in the Kurdish referendum, apart from the deep, natural sympathy that the people of Israel have had for many years for the Kurdish people and their aspirations.”

Last month, during his historic trip to Latin America, 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.

In a direct jab at Turkey, which has been the target of the PKK’s attacks, the statement, issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, said that “Israel rejects the PKK and considers it a terrorist organization, as opposed to Turkey, which supports the terror organization Hamas.”

The 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.

Last August, WIN reported that the Kurdish PKK group carried out three bombings in Turkey, killing at least 12 people.

At the time, WIN reported that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party launched simultaneous bomb attacks targeting police vehicles in the city of Diyarbakir and the town of Kiziltepe, killing eight people. In addition, four Turkish soldiers were killed in a PKK attack near the border with Iraq.

In Kiziltepe, the PKK targeted a bus carrying police, killing three and wounding some 25, including at least five children aged between two and five. 

(World Israel News)