Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday expressed her support for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan.
During an international counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya, Israel Justice Minister Shaked said Israel supports the Kurdistan Region’s desire for independence from Iraq.
“Israel [and] the Western countries have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan,” Shaked said.
“I think that the time has come for the US to support the process [of an independent Kurdistan],” she continued.
The Israeli minister’s comments come as the Kurdistan Region nears a historic referendum for independence on Sep. 25.
Senior Kurdish officials have also reiterated there is no turning back despite regional and international warnings that it would lead to instability in the Middle East.