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(photo credit: REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)
The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on Monday warning Israelis
against going to Iraq, saying travel there was both against the law and
The statement was issued in the name of the National
Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Bureau in light of “the increased
phenomenon of Israelis visiting Iraq, including in the Kurdish region in the
northeast part of the country, around the capital and in the south of the
According to the PMO statement, it is forbidden for any Israeli
to visit Iraq without special permission. Nevertheless, government officials say
an undetermined number of Israelis, many of them Kurdish or Iraqi Jews, travel
there either to visit the places of their birth or on business.
2005, Yediot Aharonot
ran a story saying that dozens of Israelis were helping
Kurds establish anti-terror units, and that Kurdish government officials were
hiring Israeli security and communications companies to train and equip Kurdish