Netanyahu denies claims of Israeli involvement in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote

During this week’s government meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s claims that the Mossad was involved in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum. “I understand why those who support Hamas want to blame the Mossad for every issue that isn’t comfortable for them,” he said.
Netanyahu, today Photo Credit: Amit Shabi/Flash 90

After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Israel’s Mossad agency was involved in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the accusation. “I understand why those who support Hamas want to blame the Mossad for every issue that isn’t comfortable for them,” Netanyahu said during this week’s government meeting, "but Israel had no part in the Kurdish referendum except for the deep, natural and long-standing sympathy of the Israeli nation for the Kurdish people and their hopes.”

As reported earlier by JOL, Erdoğan stated last night that the fact that Israeli flags were waved during the celebrations after the independence vote serves as evidence to support his claim. During a televised speech from Erzurum, Erdoğan said that it is sad to see the Kurds in Iraq celebrating the results with Israeli flags. “This shows one thing- that this government [in northern Iraq] has history with the Mossad,” he said. “They go hand in hand.”

“Are you aware of what you are doing?” Erdoğan asked, turning to the Kurdish leadership in Iraq. “Only Israel supports you.” Israel was the only country in the world that publicly voiced support for an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even issued a statement supporting the “legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve an independent state.”



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