JPost: “Nothing can really prepare a person who has grown up in a Western society for the glimpse of a nation at war, a people mobilized much as the West once had for the First World War – for grueling, plodding conflict. Many Kurds tend to admire Israel’s struggle for independence and arduous battles against numerous enemies. They see their own crucible of conflict as similar. An ancient people demanding its homeland, fighting Iran, Arab states, Turks and Islamist terrorists.
“Do you know why we like Israelis?” asked one Kurdish Peshmerga major over a glass of tea by a roaring fire near the frontlines in Shingal. “The fact that Israel helped us in the 1960s is just a tiny reason.
“We had many Jews in this region who lived with us, and we say that blood [ties] cannot be abandoned. We have the same issues. We both suffered a lot until Israel made their state; we also have many enemies around us.”
Opinion: This one has always baffled me. One of the attackers in Psalm 83 is Assyria, which, according to the map, is part of Syria and northern Iraq, giving support to ancient Assyria being the area of Kurdistan today.
Assyria is listed in Psalm 83:8 (NIV) and it is curious that the prophet said: “Even Assyria has joined them” possibly meaning some element of surprise.
The Jewish community in Kurdistan is one of the oldest in the world and dates back to the Babylonian Captivity in 586 BC. The Israelites lived in relative security next to Christians and Muslims and even today there is no animosity between the Kurds (ancient Medes) and Israel.
In fact, the Kurds find Arabs to be their enemy, not Jews.
There are between 25 and 35 million Kurds that inhabit a mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. They make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never obtained a permanent nation state.
Kurds form a distinctive community, united through race, culture and language, even though they have no standard dialect. They also adhere to a number of different religions and creeds, although the majority are Sunni Muslims.
What will make the Kurds turn on Israel?
Perhaps the answer lies in Isaiah 17:1, 14. The great prophet wrote that Damascus would become undone as a city. That in one evening, there would be terror, and by morning the city will cease to exist.
Damascus is the world’s oldest inhabited city. According to Wikipedia, Kurds make up 9% of the 23 million people of Damascus or approximately 2 million Kurds living there now.
Perhaps an Israeli missile strike, but why is unknown.
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