An article in the New Yorker is claiming that
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Mossad are helping the Kurds establish strength and dominate the area formerly known as Kurdistan. In return,
Israel would have a non-Arab ally in the middle east, and eyes and ears inside of the countries of Iran, Iraq, and Syria. This area is of particular
interest to Israel, since Iran appears to be on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.
Guardian - Israelis 'using Kurds to build power base'
Israeli military and intelligence operatives are active in Kurdish areas of Iran, Syria and Iraq, providing training for commando units and running
covert operations that could further destabilise the entire region, according to a report in the New Yorker magazine.
The article was written by Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who exposed the abuse scandal in Abu Ghraib. It is sourced primarily to
unnamed former and current intelligence officials in Israel, the United States and Turkey.
Israel's aims, according to Hersh, are to build up the Kurdish military strength in order to offset the strength of the Shia militias and to create a
base in Iran from which they can spy on Iran's suspected nuclear-making facilities. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
A spokesman for the Israeli Priminister's office did not deny the report but said, "I have no idea about the report. "I also don't know if it
is true or not. We've read the report and no one [in the Prime Minister's Office] is responding to it."
The report states that Israel is unsure
of the United State's ability to stabilize Iraq, so they are taking matters into their own hands.
Twenty to thirty million Kurds live in a region that is contained in southeastern Turkey, northeastern Syria, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran. In
1945 the Kurds officially created an independent Kurdish republic, but it was crushed by Iran the next year. Still, the Kurds have continued their
struggle, and dream to have their own independent state.
Helping out this large population of people is a large risk for Israel. Israel's relations with Turkey is already strained, and news of Israel
helping the Kurds is not likely to be welcomed. Still the United States and the U.N. have been giving assistance to the Kurds for years by creating
the no-fly zone in Iraq. Now Israel has siezed on this moment to strengthen and create a large, non-muslim, ally in the middle east.
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Original article in the New Yorker
Barnes, Jack, "The Kurdish Struggle For National Self-Determination" the Militant,
Vol. 63, no 9, (March 8, 1999)
[edit on 21-6-2004 by dbates]