Kurdish fighters

Address to the Kurdish Nation

When Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government holds the independence referendum that its president, Massoud Barzani, has described as the Kurds’ inalienable right, the will of each citizen will be shared by all. And the new state will be a pole of stability in a region increasingly susceptible to fanaticism and terror.

ERBIL – By history and by language I am a member of a very old nation, one of the oldest in the world: France.

And in spirit I am a member of a very old people, the Jewish people – like the Kurds, one of the oldest on the planet, a people that founded one of the youngest states, Israel. That is an experience that the Kurds are now preparing to replicate.

As a people, the Kurds have existed for a very long time. They have lived through countless trials, endured innumerable twists of fate, suffered domination again and again.

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