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Israel told the United States Thursday that Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a "foregone conclusion," and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognize a Kurdish state, should it emerge.Israel's Foreign Ministry said there were currently no formal diplomatic relations with the Kurds.Israeli intelligence veterans say that cooperation took the form of military training for Kurds in northern Iraq, in return for their help in smuggling out Jews as well as in spying on Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad and, more recently, on Iran.Eliezer Tsafrir, a former Mossad station chief in Kurdish northern Iraq who is now retired from Israeli government service, said the secrecy around the ties had been maintained at the request of the Kurds.The Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq has denied selling oil to Israel, whether directly or indirectly.
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