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Contributed by NAMPA / Associated Press.
Netanyahu says Israel endorses independence for Kurds<
Eds: Adds Kurdish reaction, background on Israeli comments.<
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's leader on Wednesday said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter.
In an announcement early Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Israel considers the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, a terrorist organization. But the statement said Israel "supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish p ...