[Ed. – The president, Barham Salih, is calling the meeting by the normalization advocates “illegal.” Salih’s government is utterly penetrated by Iran, so the posture is little surprise. But why the U.S. is deployed in Iraq keeping that government in power, supposedly by “fighting ISIS,” is increasingly a good question. In the article, Hank Berrien goes on to quote the Iraqi minister of culture who has made recent remarks favoring normalization with Israel. With the Biden administration, however, it seems unlikely that that lower-level support for the Abraham Accords is the reason for bolstering a government that criminalizes the same support.]
As the number of Arab nations in the Middle East deciding to make peace with Israel has escalated due to the Trump administration’s efforts, the Iraqi government is showing they have no desire for peace, issuing warrants for the arrest of arresting two speakers at a conference who urged Iraq to make peace with the Jewish state and threatening the roughly 300 participants at the conference.
Iraqi President Barham Salih called the conference “illegal,” adding, “The recent meeting held to promote [normalization] does not represent the people and residents of Iraq. It represents only those who participated in it.”