Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Israel: The ‘midwife’ of Kurdish state


The quick-moving sands of the Middle East have shifted once again. Now Turkey and Israel stand once again at odds with one another, the Iraqi government is an Iranian proxy, and the US and Iran appear to be edging closer to each other. Out of the rubbles of devastation in the region we may yet witness the birth of a Kurdish state, to which Israel has been a helpful, if self-interested, midwife,” Inna Lazareva, Israeli journalist and political analyst, wrote in the October 2014 issue of Jewish STANDPOINT magazine.

She claims that Jewish-Kurds links go back centuries but the Zionist contact was established in the 1930s by Reuven Shiloah, a Jewish journalist for the Palestine Bulletin stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shiloah later became director of Israeli Mossad. She also claims that Israeli military officers including Moshe Dayan trained Kurdish rebel forces since Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin started arming them. She also claims that there are over 100,000 Kurd Jews living in Israel.

In June 2014, former Zionist president and war-criminal Shimon Peresinformed US president Barack Obama: “The Kurds have, de facto, created their own state, which is democratic. One of the signs of a democracy is equality to women.” In other words, Peres admits that Israel is not a democracy because in Israel Jewish women have no equality in at least eight sectors ofIsraeli society.

After Peres’ pro-Kurdistan rant, both Netanyahu and Erdogan also issued statements saying they too like to see an independent Kurd state in Iraq (but not in Turkey, of course).

On July 3, 2014, Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan wrote on his blog: “The neo-con dream is to create a pro-American little state out of Iraqi Kurdistan that provides American bases, oil contracts and pro-Israeli support in the Middle East. There is no doubt that both the current degree of Iraqi Kurdish autonomy and the new push for an independence referendum are American inspired. But the neo-cons are not nearly as clever as they think they are, and have started processes which they have no hope of controlling. I very much hope to see an independent Kurdistan, and I hope to see it grow. Once established I expect to see Kurdistan in short order kick out the Americans and declare support for the Palestinians.”

Eric Draitser, a New York-based geopolitical analyst and founder have different opinion. He believes the Islamic Republic is waging a proxy war in Kurdistan to kick USrael out of Iraqi Kurdistan, as it did in Yemen recently, in order to maintain a united pro-Iran Iraq.

In Iran, the gulf monarchies see a powerful, resource-rich nation that, given the opportunity to develop economically, would likely displace them as the regional leader. And so, naturally, they must activate their jihadi networks to deprive Iran of its two strategic allies in Iraq and Syria, thereby severing the link with Hezbollah and breaking the arc of Shia dominance. It is basic power politics, only it is now Kurds paying with their lives for the petty aspirations of gulf monarchs,” Draitser said.

Iranian moves in Kurdistan represent a new phase of the long-standing proxy war between Iran and Israel. It is no secret that, as mentioned above, certain Kurdish factions and organizations have long been quite close with Tel Aviv. In fact, the decades-long relationship between the two is one of the primary reasons for Kurdish acquiescence to western designs against both Iraq and Iran,” Draister added.

While the world watches with horror the continued advance of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, there is another story unfolding. It is the story of how Iran, long since demonized as the regional pariah, has turned the chaos meant to destroy it and its allies into a possible springboard for future cooperation. It is the story of how terrorism and proxy war has brought former enemies closer together, while exposing before the world the treachery of governments once seen as Iranian allies. It is the story of alliances shifting like desert sands. But in this story, the next chapter has yet to be written,” concludes Draister.

The 30 million Kurd world population lives in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Israel.

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