A man holds a Kurdistan's flags as he takes part in a demonstration John Thys/Getty Images

Like the Palestinians, the Kurds Deserve a State

In Western democracies today, few would deny the moral arguments for Palestinian statehood. But when it comes to the Kurds of northern Iraq, where the Kurdistan Regional Government already administers a well-functioning, semi-autonomous state, the West has chosen realpolitik over moral consistency, much to its shame.

JERUSALEM – Nowadays, almost everyone agrees that the Palestinian people deserve a state, and that they should not live under Israeli rule. Most Israelis share this view, including even Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has reluctantly stated his own commitment to a two-state solution. And in many Western democracies, a strong left-wing constituency regularly organizes demonstrations in favor of Palestinian independence.