Mideast Weekly Roundup

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week announced Israel’s endorsement of an independent Kurdish state. As the Kurdish people in Iraq prepare for their upcoming referendum on independence – which Iraqi lawmakers oppose – Netanyahu lent his country’s support to their efforts. While he pointed out that Israel continues to consider the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) a terrorist organization, he added that the Israeli government “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own.” The Kurds’ referendum is planned for September 25.

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