Excerpts: Assyrian Bishop Mar Awa Royel recently proclaimed that he wished to see a free Assyria become a strong ally with Israel. According to the bishop, Israel would serve as a successful model of statehood for Assyria, while the Jewish state would gain a strong ally in an increasingly tumultuous region.
“As of three days ago, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) met to discuss independence for Kurds, to declare autonomy,” said Sangari. “After Mosul is liberated, it will be up to the Christians to decide whether they want to join the KRG or the State of Iraq.”
Sangari went on to say that for Assyrians, autonomy is the only way to ensure their survival.
“Otherwise, you will have a situation in which [Assyrian] families are split up between the Kurds, the Sunnis and the Shi’a [Muslims],” said Sangari. “This will be disastrous for Assyrian Christians, after having just suffered through genocide.”
Author: Bradley Martin is a fellow with the Haym Salomon Center news and public policy group, and deputy editor for the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research.