The National Wisdom Alliance, led by Ammar al-Hakim (a Shiite alliance that holds 19 out of 329 seats in parliament), rejected on Saturday calls for normalization with Israel.
Al-Hakim said in a statement issued by his office in his capacity as head of the coalition, “We condemn and reject the conferences, gatherings and calls for normalization with the usurping Zionist entity that are held inside Iraq.”
Al-Hakim explained that “the Palestinian cause represents the first Arab and Muslim issue, and therefore we renew our full support for the Palestinian people, their just cause, and their struggle to recover their usurped right, a right that does not fall into law, but rather becomes more firmly entrenched in the conscience of Arab and Islamic generations.”
And on Friday, a peace conference was held in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, which was organized by tribal figures from the Sunnis and Shiites, and called for the public normalization of relations between Iraq and Israel, in the first event of its kind in Iraq.
A statement issued by the participants stated, “We are a gathering of Sunnis and Shiites, comprising members of the Sunni Awakening Movement of the Sons of Iraq, as well as intellectuals, tribal sheikhs and active youth from the protest movement of 2019-2021. We call for Iraq to enter into relations with Israel and its people through agreements Similar to the Arab countries that have normalized.
“We have shown with blood and tears for a long time that we oppose all extremists, whether they are Sunni jihadists or Shiite militias backed by Iran, and we have also demonstrated our patriotism,” the statement said.
No official position was issued by the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government on what was stated in the peace conference.
Iraq does not establish any relations with Israel, and the majority of political forces reject normalization with Israel.
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