ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel supports Iraq Kurdish bids for an independent state.
His comments came a day after Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani vowed to press ahead with a September 25 referendum on independence despite the Baghdad parliament declaring it unconstitutional.
MPs authorised the central government to “take all measures” to preserve Iraq’s unity, though roughly 50 Kurdish MPs walked out of the 328-seat chamber before the vote.
The referendum campaign has been highly fractious, with anti-independence campaigners claiming they have been attacked and threatened.
Mr Netanyahu said his country still considers the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has often been at odds with the KRG’s main factions, as a terror group.
But he said that Israel “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own.”