March 19, 2016

THE WAR OF ALL AGAINST THE SALAFI:

After declaring autonomy, Syrian Kurds 'open to ties with Israel (DOV LIEBER March 18, 2016, Times of Israel)

"[The Syrian Kurds] are a community of people who are willing to cooperate with Israel," Professor Ofra Bengio, head of the Kurdish studies program at Tel Aviv University, told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

There have not been any pro-Israel public declarations by Kurdish Syrians leaders, Bengio said, "but I know some that some have been to Israel behind the scenes but do not publicize it."

The Kurdish expert said that she has made personal contacts with Syrian Kurds who would like to send the message that they are willing to have relations.

"This is like the Kurds of Iraq behind the scenes. Once they feel stronger, they can think about taking relations into the open," she said.

Israel has had a secretive relationship with the Iraqi Kurds, including limited military assistance, and Israel has been a willing buyer of the KRG's oil. When the autonomous Iraqi region decided it would defy Baghdad's orders last year and begin selling its own oil directly, Israel was one of the first countries to give the Iraqi Kurds the economic outlet and much needed money to fund their fight against the Islamic State.



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