Both KurdNet and Haaretz (citing original reports the French Jewish website JSS and Intelligence Online) say that Idan Ofer, the chairman of the Israel Corporation, visited Sulaimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan in May.
He is reported to have met with senior Kurdistani officials including Vice President Kosrat Rasul Ali, and Prime Minister Barham Salih. The visit was to show support for the Kurdish people and help develop economic ties between Kurdistan and Israel.
Ofer is said to be interested in investing in developing oil installations in Kirkuk, as well as building refineries along with European and Asian partners. Kurdish officials view worsening Turkish-Israeli ties as an opportunity to strengthen their relations with Israel.
Ofer’s spokesman said he does not comment on Ofer’s schedule or private affairs.
Israel Corp is Israel’s largest holding company and one of the top ten companies listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.