Iraqi parliament passes bill banning ties with Israel
The Iraqi parliament passed a bill outlawing the normalization of relations with Israel on Thursday, May 26, according to state media.

Members of parliament unanimously voted in favor of the bill in a session on Wednesday, Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.
The bill bans all contact and communication with the "Zionist entity.”
The leader of the Sadrist Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had supported the bill and called on lawmakers to vote in its favor. The Sadrist bloc announced the bill in April.
The legislation would also apply to the Kurdistan Region, where a conference was held in Erbil in which attendees urged Iraq to accede to the US-brokered Abraham Accords and normalize relations with Israel.
The conference was criticized by the Iraqi prime minister’s office while the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) interior ministry stated the conference was held without the knowledge of the KRG.
The United Arab Emirates, follow by Bahrain, normalized relations with Israel in the Abraham Accords, joint statement in 2020, which was negotiated by the US. The statement was the first agreement on normalization with Israel made by an Arab country since Jordan normalized relations with the country in 1994.
Since then, Sudan and Morocco have both normalized ties with Israel in exchange for concessions from the US.
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