Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued on Thursday to associate Kurdistan Region’s last week referendum on independence from Iraq with Jews and Israel while threatening to shut down border crossings and air travel with Kurdistan in near future.
Iraq has not been discouraged by the US State Department's call for calm, closing international airports in the Kurdish region, sending troops to Turkey and Iran for military drills, and seeking to strip Kurdish MPs of immunity.
Turkish President has warned that Iraqi Kurds will “not be able to find food” if Ankara decides to halt the flow of trucks and oil into the region, adding that all military and economic sanctions are on the table.
Just under half of the crude extracted from Kurdish oil fields so far in 2017 has made its way to Israel.
“They say that Israel has a strong lobby, and the ear of [US President Donald] Trump, and that they would be very happy if we could help,” she said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of 33 Republican congressmen last week that he is in favor of an independent Kurdish state in parts of Iraq, The Jerusalem Post has learned.