Kurds in Iraq deserve independence, Netanyahu says
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed calls Sunday for the creation of an independent Kurdish state, saying Israel should strengthen moderate forces in the Middle East to help fend off the advances of extremist Islamist forces.
Speaking at a security conference in Tel Aviv, he also announced plans to erect a security fence from Eilat to the Golan Heights along Israel’s eastern border and reiterated that Israeli troops will remain in the Jordan Valley regardless of the outcome of peace talks with the Palestinians.
Recent turmoil in the Middle East — including the territorial gains made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — offers Israel the chance to “build an axis for regional collaboration,” the prime minister said. “This is not only a challenge but also an opportunity. We can’t solve the conflicts between extremist Sunnis and Shiites, not in Syria or Iraq or elsewhere. These two camps are our bitter foes – the Shiites led by the Iranians and the Sunnis led by al-Qaeda and ISIL. But they are also other people’s enemies as well. That is where there is an opportunity for enhanced regional cooperation.”