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Who are Responsible for Israel Isolation?

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After six world powers recently reached agreement following five days of negotiations, Iran's leaders are celebrating the deal described by America as a "dramatic' step to "roll back' the rogue state's nuclear ambitions (1). But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says the world is a "more dangerous place' after the Iran deal (2). None of his allies have spoken out in support of him, so perhaps he needs to look more closely in the region to find one who will, instead of pursuing failed foreign policies that perpetuate Israel's vulnerability to attack.

The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) is known for its secret determination to build an atomic bomb at any price, regardless of any international agreement it signs. President Obama also desperately wants to avoid another war, in the hope of reviving the ailing US economy after two expensive wars in the Middle East. He does not seem concerned about Israel's objections to the deal.

Since the time of Moshe Dayan, Israeli leaders have made numerous mistakes in their choice of allies. These challenge the perception that the Jewish leadership is very smart and very rich, influencing western countries through its political leaders, and the world through the economic ideologies of capitalism, socialism and more recently, globalism.

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But if the Jewish leadership is so smart why do the Jewish people periodically face extermination plans against them by other nations? In the 8th century BCE conflict between the Assyrian and Egyptian Empires, ten Israeli tribes were completely lost to the Assyrians, never to be found. In the 6th century BCE conflict between the Babylonian and Egyptian Empires, the Babylonians captured the majority of Hebrews. In the twentieth century wars between the European Empires five million Jews were lost in Germany and other European countries. These repeated tragedies raise questions about some Jewish leaders' capacity to learn from their history.

In the 6th century BCE the Median (ancient Kurdish) Empire's King Ahasuerus (Astyages) married Hadassah, an unknown captive Jewish girl and named her Est-"r ("she is a star' in Kurdish). Later known as Queen Esther, the King's love for her eventually caused animosity between the dominant Medes and the subjected Jews under Cyrus the Great, and Astyages' son, Darius the Mede. When Darius condemned his Jewish advisor Daniel to death on the advice of his misguided advisors, the internal relationship between Medes and Persian deteriorated further.  Since then, for over 2500 years the Jewish leadership has been helping the Persians against the Kurdish people.

Now, instead of extending the hand of friendship to the Kurds based on mutual interests, the Jewish leadership insists on co-operating with Persians, Turks and Arabs. Unfortunately, Israel's alliance with the corrupt families of Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani to steal the Kurdish people's oil has placed a wedge between the two peoples. The majority of Kurds no longer support Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani, because they know they are ruining their opportunities for a better life in the future.

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There are now golden opportunities for Israel's leadership, in the interests of its security, to forge a genuine partnership with the Kurdish people's revolution. In this critical time the Kurdish people need Israel's technologies while Israel needs the Kurdish people's raw materials, so both nations can survive in the Middle East. Additionally, the Kurds have recently defeated al-Quaeda jihadists in northern Syria, where their secular, democratic quasi-governmental institutions are thriving. While the Kurds' political policies resemble Israel's more than any of the other regional powers', Israel's independent recognition of the Koma Civaken Kurdistan (KCK), KCK (PKK, PJAK, PYD and PCDK) as a bulwark against the Iranian threat would provide another mutual benefit.

Now is the time for Israel's leaders to reject the myth of Kurdish/Jewish enmity, and give peace, security, human rights and egalitarian prosperity in the Middle East a much better chance. 

By Hamma Mirwaisi and Co-Author Alison Buckley


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Hamma Mirwaisi was exposed to the oppression of Kurds while still a youth, as his education was frequently interrupted by Iraqi government harassment. Forbidden from entering university in 1968, he had little choice but to join the peshmerga (more...)

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