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Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish independence
Published Monday 30/06/2014 (updated) 01/07/2014 10:45
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the international community on Sunday to support Jordan in the fight against "Islamic extremism" and to back the independence of Iraq's Kurds.

"We need to support efforts by the international community to strengthen Jordan and support the aspirations of the Kurds for independence," Netanyahu said in a speech to the Institute of National Security Studies think-tank in Tel Aviv.

"I think it's our common interest to make sure that a moderate, stable regime like (Jordan) is able to defend itself."

His remarks follow reports in Israeli media that officials in Tel Aviv fear Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants may extend their control to areas of Jordan after seizing parts of Iraq in recent weeks.

In Syria, ISIL's fighters already control large swathes of territory in Deir Ezzor near the Iraq border, Raqa in the north, as well as parts of neighboring Aleppo province.

In Iraq, they have spearheaded a lightning offensive, capturing sizable territories in the north and west of the conflict-torn country.

Netanyahu also called for independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region, where Kurdish peshmerga security forces have mobilized in an unprecedented deployment to fight against ISIL.

The premier voiced concern over "the powerful wave triggered by ISIL, which could reach Jordan in a very short time."

He added: "We must be able to stop the terrorism and fundamentalism that can reach us from the east at the Jordan line and not in the suburbs of Tel Aviv."

US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted talks with Gulf allies and Jordan last week, emphasizing the Hashemite kingdom's key role in helping to stem the regional gains of ISIL, who had earlier seized control of a Jordanian border crossing in Iraq.

ISIL on Sunday declared it had established a "caliphate", or Islamist state, straddling Iraq and Syria. The jihadists said the state would spread from Aleppo in northern Syria to Diyala in eastern Iraq, ordering Muslims in those areas to pay allegiance to the group.
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1 ) d'Arc - ALL Talk / USA
30/06/2014 13:30
Netanyahu is just talking. He offers no real support for Kurds or Jordan, just not-objecting to somebody else helping Jordan or the Kurds.

2 ) Outlier / USA
30/06/2014 23:46
1., d'Arc - Just because you do not see it, do not assume tangible support for Kurds and Jordan hasn't already begun. Under the circumstances, back-channel help benefits all parties.

3 ) Reality Check / The World
01/07/2014 02:18
I think your wrong. Letting Jordan fall to extremists would surely become a huge security concern for Israel so its very much in their best interests to make sure Jordan remains strong (though they wont get any credit for it) As far as the Kurds are concerned, their story is much like that of the Jews in Israel, a proud people with a rich history justly pursuing statehood in a sea of aggressive neighbors. It makes sense for Israel to support the Kurds, for moral as well as strategic reasons

4 ) Shalom / Canada
01/07/2014 23:47
Well Bibi's speech is certainly not based on philanthropic intent, although I'm sure ISIL's intent towards Israel would be even less so. Interesting to see how this plays out, especially if sectarian lines start to be drawn, when forces join up. With Israel in the middle (or edge if you count Zionism as a sect), how will Iran & HB behave. Lets hope this doesn't escalate.
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