Turkey’s president stated during a speech last night that the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency was involved in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum. The Turkish leader pointed to the fact that Israeli flags were waved during the celebrations after the vote as evidence to support his claim.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Israel’s Mossad agency of being involved in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum on Saturday evening. The Turkish leader stated 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.”
Israeli flag during celebration Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
“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.”
Ankara opposed the vote that took place last week and even threatened to impose sanctions against the Iraqi Kurds. In addition, the Baghdad and Tehran condemned the vote and announced that they refuse to recognize the results as legitimate.
As reported by JOL News last week, the Kurdish High Election Committee announced that 92 percent of the Kurdish minority in Iraq voted in favor of independence. The vote was held on Monday and voter turnout was 72.16 percent, according to the Rudaw news outlet.