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TEL AVIV – Three delegations from Iraq have reportedly made trips to Israel in recent months, holding meetings with Israeli officials and academics, visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and meeting with experts in the field of Iraqi Jewish heritage.
The delegations, comprised of 15 Iraqi leaders including Sunni and Shiite clerics, were from Baghdad and not Iraqi Kurdistan, Hadashot TV news reported on Sunday night.
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Iraq is officially at war with Israel and the highly secret visits were the first of their kind.
According to the report, the trips were shrouded in secrecy to avoid provoking Iraq’s close ally and neighbor Iran.
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The visits were mostly “social-cultural in nature,” the report said, and included meetings with organizations related to and experts in Iraqi Jewish history with the goal of establishing “the infrastructure for future ties” between the enemy countries.
Late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein fired more than 40 Scud missiles at Israel during the 1991 Gulf War.
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However, Iraqis generally have a more favorable attitude towards the Jewish state than other Arab nations.
The Foreign Ministry last year launched an Arabic-language Facebook page aimed at building...
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