As five million Kurds in northern Iraq prepare for Monday’s historic referendum on independence, Israelis from across the political spectrum continue to embrace the prospect of a separate state of Kurdistan – nearly a century after the imperial powers reneged on their promise of Kurdish self-determination.
“I fully support the Kurdish people’s right to national self-determination,” Yair Lapid – chairperson of Israel’s opposition Yesh Atid party and a former finance minister – told The Algemeiner on Sunday.
“The Jewish people know what it is to struggle for an independent homeland and the Kurds have a moral right to a state of their own,” Lapid stressed. Addressing international objections to Monday’s vote, Lapid added: “If the Kurdish people choose to hold a referendum that is their right.”
Lapid’s comments come on top of other recent comments in favor of Kurdish independence in Israel – the only country to support Kurdish President Masoud Barzani’s decision to call the referendum.
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