EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel would be unwise to rush into a peace agreement with the Palestinians based on the urging of the “moderate Sunni axis” with which it currently shares common cause against Iran. The Kurdish experience, as well as the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, prove that Israel cannot depend on fair-weather allies to protect its own security.
The Kurdish people have an inalienable right to national self-determination, just like any other nation. The Kurds, who number some 30 million people, are the largest national group in the world to have no state of their own. The international community is obligated to see to it that they are done historic justice by supporting their dream of being a free nation in their own land.
A referendum was held in September among the Iraqi Kurds over whether or not they should declare independence, against the backdrop of threats from Turkey, Iran, the Iraqi government, and even Bashar Assad. Joining those voices were other states, including the US and Europe, all warning the Kurds – especially head of the Kurdish region Masoud Barzani – not to attempt a one-sided declaration of independence. The neighboring countries feared a snowball effect on their own minorities, especially their resident Kurds. More distant states feared another war in oil-rich regions such as northern Iraq that could lead to a much wider conflict.