Samstag, 25.09.2021 / 10:47 Uhr

Prominente Irakis für Anerkennung Israels

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die Unterzeichner dieses Aufrufs mögen ein paar hundert sein, dass sie ihn geschrieben haben zeigt, wie sich vieles im Nahen Osten langsam ändert und ein Jahr nach Unterzeichnung der Abraham Records zwischen Israel und den Arabischen Emiraten die Stimmung langsam ändert. Wer dieser Tage im Irak eine solche Petition unterzeichnet setzt auch ein klares Zeichen gegen den Einfluss des Iran, dessen oberstes Ziel weiterhin die Vernichtung Israels ist:

Hundreds of Iraqi leaders and activists gathered in the country’s Kurdistan region on Friday to publicly call for full normalization with Israel.

The group, which includes Sunni and Shiites, youth activists and tribal leaders, said the next step after the dramatic announcement would be to seek “face-to-face talks” with Israelis.

The 312 Iraqi men and women issued their statements from a hotel in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region. The conference was organized by the New York-based Center for Peace Communications, which works to advance engagement between Arabs and Israelis, and to protect activists supporting normalization. (...)

One of the speakers explained that the group believes in peace with Israel “so that we might live in a stable region that brings conflicts to an end. We believe in it because we want our region to be a peaceful one, in which Israel is an inseparable part of the panoramic whole, and in which all peoples have the right to live in security.”

“We demand that Iraq join the Abraham Accords internationally,” wrote Wisam al-Hardan, leader of the Sons of Iraq Awakening movement, in The Wall Street Journal on Friday. “We call for full diplomatic relations with Israel and a new policy of mutual development and prosperity.”

The Sons of Iraq formed organically in 2005 as tribal leaders in Anbar province and ex-Iraqi Army officers allied with US forces to fight al-Qaeda.