[Ed. – Something, er going on here, ifyaknowwhaddamean. Note that the group convened in Erbil — Kurdistan — which is about the least Iran-penetrated region of Iraq. Israel has cultivated bilateral relations with the Kurds for some time. But significantly, the prominent Iraqis are from all over the country and include Sunnis and Shias. The group specifically alludes to the Abraham Accords.]
Hundreds of Iraqi leaders and activists gathered in the country’s Kurdistan region on Friday to publicly call for full normalization with Israel.
The group, which includes Sunni and Shiites, youth activists and tribal leaders, said the next step after the dramatic announcement would be to seek “face-to-face talks” with Israelis.
The 312 Iraqi men and women issued their statements from a hotel in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region. The conference was organized by the New York-based Center for Peace Communications, which works to advance engagement between Arabs and Israelis, and to protect activists supporting normalization.