"Kurdistan in Iraq (KRI) has never been so close to independence as it is now. Its leaders, especially President Masoud Barzani, do not lose any opportunity to declare that independence is their goal and there is no going back. These declarations should not be taken lightly. A few years ago no Kurdish leader could have dared utter such statements so openly and so frequently. No doubt there is the will, but the big question is whether there is a way and what is it?"
Senior Researcher Prof. Ofra Bengio has published an article in the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum, where she argues that "Kurdistan in Iraq has never been so close to independence as it has now."