Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu met with 33 Republican congressmen on Thursday and expressed his support for the birth of a new Kurdish state in the Middle East.
In the meeting, Netanyahu told the delegation of US members of Congress that he supports the establishment of an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq, a source who was in attendance told the Jerusalem Post.
This comes as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has scheduled a referendum on the Kurdistan Region’s independence for Sep. 25, a decision for which senior Kurdish officials claim there is no turning back.
The source also mentioned that the Israeli Premier displayed his “positive attitude” toward an independent Kurdistan, saying the Kurds are a “brave, pro-Western people who share our values.”
Netanyahu’s support differs from the usual US administration’s position, which supports a united Iraq, also known as the “one-Iraq” policy.