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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 4 By Sean Savage JNS.org During the last several years, Israel has witnessed the crumbling of its neighbor- hood as civil wars, internal strife and Islamic extremism have taken hold throughout the Middle East. As the Jewish state's foes and allies alike face ongoing strife, the Kurdish people of northern Iraq have emerged as a striking source of stability, with the willing- ness to confront these threats. A century after being de- nied statehood by European powers after the Ottoman Empire fell, the Kurds are slated to hold a referendum on independence from Iraq Sept. 25. For Israel--which referendum comes amid gram at TelAviv University's have already proved their haslongcourtedsupportfrom increased fears over Iran's Moshe Dayan Center for mettle in such encounters, so the Kurds, most of whom are growing inroads in the re- Middle Eastern and African they are likely to help contain SunniMuslims--anindepen- gion, especially in Syria and Studies, told JNS.org that an such radicals in the future as dent Kurdistan may prove to Iraq, and to a lesser extent independent Kurdistan "is well," she said. be a new and unexpected ally in Yemen. It was recently re- likely tobe more stable, toler- Kurdistan and US-Israel in the fight against Islamic ported that Iran is building a ant, pro-Western and secular relations extremism, facility innorthwesternSyria than its other neighbors, Despite tacit Israeli sup- During a recent meeting to manufacture long-range values thatcan be good glue port, next month's referen- with a visiting delegation of SCUD missiles, while Iranian- for relations with Israel." dum--which experts believe 33 Republican members of backed militias have been Both Kurdistan and Israel is likely to support indepen- the U.S. Congress last week, involved in the fight against would have "common strate- dence--comes against the Israeli Prime Minister Ben- Islamic State in Iraq. gic interests" in countering backdrop of opposition from jamin Netanyahu expressed "Our policy is clear: We ve- radical Islam of both the most of the international his"positiveattitude"towards hementlyoppose the military Sunni and Shi'a persuasion, community, including the an independent Kurdish buildupbyIrananditsproxies, suchasfromIslamicStateand U.S. state in northern Iraq, say- primarilyHezbollah, inSyria, Iran, said Bengio, author of Washington has long con- ing the Kurds are a "brave, and we will do whatever it the 2012 book "The Kurds of sideredthe Kurdish people to pro-Westernpeoplewhoshare takes to protect Israel's secu- Iraq: Building a State within be avital ally, especially in its our values," The Jerusalem rity," Netanyahu said. a State." bidto rid Iraq of Islamic State. Post reported. Prof. Ofra Bengio, head"As brave fighters, theBut the U.S. fears the vote For Israel, the Kurdish of the Kurdish Studies Pro- Kurdish Peshmerga [forces] could ignite further conflict within Iraq and turn into another regional flashpoint. 6 1 5 2 7 9 3 8 4 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has quietly called 9 2 8 4 6 3 5 1 7 on theKurdistan.egional Government to postpone the i referendum, a request Kurd- 3 7 4 5 8 1 6 9 2 ish leaders have dismissed. Kurdish officials, who were 4 3 2 9 5 8 1 7 6 recently revealedtohave visited Israel, are hoping to enlist Israeli assistance in 7 9 1 6 3 4 2 5 8 persuading the U.S. to back the bid for independence. "They say that Israel has a 5 8 6 1 2 7 9 4 3 strong lobby, and the ear of 1 6 9 7 4 2 8 3 5 [President Donald]Trump, and that they would be very happy if we could help;" Mem- 8 5 7 3 1 6 4 2 9 berofKnessetKsen aSvetlova (Zionist Union), who chairs a caucus on Israeli-Kurdish 2 4 3 8 9 5 7 6 1 relations, told The Jerusatem Post. CONGREGATION OH E:.VSHALOM V CONNECTING, DISCOVERING, AND CELEBRATING UDAISM IN CENTRAL FLORIDA SINCE 1918 Bengio believes it is not the right of any nation to decide for another people whether independence is necessary, and at what point in time. "After a hundred years of oppression, denial and geno- cide by the Baghdad govern- ments, the Kurds of Iraq have reached the conclusion that they do not have any alterna- tive but to rule themselves by themselves, and that now is the golden opportunity to fulfill this right," she said. Turkey-Israel ties One concern regarding Israel's recognition of Kurdish statehood is how the move may affect its relations with Turkey, withwhom the Jewish state repaired ties in 2016 after a six-year rupture. Turkey, which is home to a substantial number of Kurds comprising up to 25 percent of its population, has long been opposed to the creation of a Kurdish state out of fears that it could embolden its own Kurdish population to break away from the country. Despite these concerns, the Turkish government has forged strong ties with the Kurdistan Regional Govern- ment in Iraq in recent years, cooperating on projects such as a Kurdish oil pipeline through Turkey. "Turkey has developed a kind of dichotomy with regards to the 'bad' Kurds in Kurdistan on page 15A 5778---2017 High Holy Day Service Schedule Senior Rabbi: Aaron D. 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