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Israel will use the Kurds as a tool, yet Turkiye still normalised relations

25 15 20
11.08.2022

When it was revealed last month that Israel had requested the United States to prevent a new Turkish military operation in northern Syria, it served as a necessary reminder that Tel Aviv's role in Syria is not limited simply to conducting drone strikes on Syrian regime and Iranian targets in the country. The move revealed that Israel — like Russia, Iran and Turkiye — also has its own interests in northern Syria; not to secure military bases or combat the Iranian or Syrian elements in the area, but to lend support to — or at least defend — a group of armed militias fighting to form a separate and independent Kurdish state.

Tel Aviv's lobbying of Washington to prevent the Turkish offensive on the basis of curbing Iranian influence in the region is thus perplexing, as Tehran is not directly or openly in opposition to the Syrian Kurdish militias or in support of Ankara's military plans. On the contrary, Iranian militias currently have a presence in some northern Syrian towns and areas where they and Syrian regime forces have recently been deployed to assist the Kurdish militias against a Turkish operation.

Even aside from this recent move, though, Israel has long lent support to Kurdish groups over the years. It's mainly been moral support, with the occupation state acting sympathetically to the objective of a separate Kurdish state in the region. Reports have indicated that the support could also be material and military, however, with Kurdish groups allegedly conducting military training with Israeli backing.

Israel's political support for an independent Kurdistan has been clear, of course. This was particularly evident in 2017 when the then Prime........

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