- Media Follow-up Section
Iraqi and Arab newspapers commented on the “Peace and Recovery” conference, which was held in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and was said to have called for normalizing relations with Israel.
The writers’ opinions ranged from denouncing the conference, which some described as “suspicious”, and those who questioned who was behind its holding at this time, before the parliamentary elections in Iraq. A third party believed that the conference provided a “free gift” to political parties and groups affiliated with Iran, by using it in electoral propaganda.
The conference was held in the presence of about 300 Iraqi personalities in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region, on the twenty-fourth of September under the title “Peace and Recovery Conference”, sponsored by the Peace Communications Center based in New York. The Iraqi judiciary issued arrest warrants against a number of participants in the conference, but some of them issued statements in which they disavowed their prior knowledge of the conference and its objectives.
The London-based online newspaper, Rai Al-Youm, believes that the conference, which it described as suspicious, “unified all sects and sects in Iraq on the grounds of its condemnation.”
And it says in its editorial that “strong official, partisan and popular condemnations of this conference and the repudiation of these agents by the Arab and authentic tribes, and the Iraqi judiciary issuing arrest warrants against all its participants on charges of treason and violating the constitution… reflects the depth of the roots of the collective identity, and the Iraqi people’s adherence to the constants of dignity, pride, honor and defense.” on Arab and Islamic issues, and reaffirms the depth of these constants and the solidity of their roots.
The London-based Al-Arab newspaper says that “before arrest warrants were issued against the participants, the forces affiliated with Iran began denouncing the conference, which turned into a free gift offered by the Kurds and political and clan leaders to Iran and its political alliances.”
The newspaper asserts that “the vast majority of the 300 people who participated in the conference consisted of opponents of Iranian influence in Iraq. Although they wanted to oppose the militias affiliated with Iran and seek to express a reaction to the acts of sabotage, displacement and killing that included most of the cities of those provinces, they They offered a free gift to these militias when they gave them the opportunity to appear as a defender of the Palestinian cause.”
Hamada Pharaohs in the Jordanian newspaper “Al-Dustour” excludes the Kurds from having a role in holding this conference, saying that “the Israeli colony has always been, and still is, seeking to infiltrate the Kurdish movements and claim solidarity with them.” He says that “the normalization conference of Erbil stands behind it figures colluding with an American-Israeli organization, taking advantage of the available margin of freedom and pluralism in Iraqi Kurdistan to hold its metamorphosis conference.”
Supported by political and regional forces
Likewise, Qassem Al-Gharawi in the Iraqi newspaper Al-Monitor strongly criticizes the conference, describing it as a “conference of humiliation and betrayal.”
He questions the Kurdistan Regional Government’s denial of its knowledge of the conference, saying that it is “either dormant and means that the intelligence of the countries are headbutting without their knowledge, or they know and therefore support this activity, which is more likely with the indication that Barzani in the period following the secession referendum or shortly before it supported the relations between his government and the Zionist entity “.
He says: “We condemn and reject the conferences, gatherings, and calls for normalization with the usurping Zionist entity that are held inside Iraq, and that the Palestinian cause represents the first Arab and Muslim cause. Therefore, we renew our full support for the Palestinian people and their just cause.”
Ali Musa al-Kinani says in the Iraqi newspaper “Al-Zaman”, “It is naive to believe that this conference is not supported by political, regional, and even international forces, which are standing in a dark space, within the mistreatment campaigns they are practicing with the approach of the elections, and to show the Iraqi government the position of the weak.” .
He believes that the meeting at the local level “provided free publicity for the political parties that denounced, through ready-made statements, this event, instead of filing lawsuits in Iraqi courts, and if everyone distances themselves from this conference and refuses normalization, who supports this suspicious project?”
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