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Kurdish independence will see Iraq disintegrate; it’s Israel’s dream scenario

With the Kurdish referendum to separate from Iraq done and dusted, Israel’s ambitions in that country are all but complete. For many years, Israeli strategists and politicians alike have made no secret of their ambition to bring about the dissolution of the Arab states; Iraq, unfortunately, has been a prime target. In February 1982, Ze’ev Schiff, a former military correspondent for Haaretz newspaper, wrote that the “best” that can happen for Israeli interests in the country is the “dissolution of Iraq into a Shi’ite state, a Sunni state and the separation of the Kurdish part.”

In that same month 35 years ago, Israel’s plan to divide the region into small states was outlined in greater detail in a document written by Oded Yinon titled “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties” published in Hebrew in Kivunim (Directions), the journal of the Department of Information of the World Zionist Organisation. “Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel.”

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