Iraqi parliamentarian Mithal al-Alousi, Secretary General of the Nation Party, delivered the opening statements at the Herzliyah Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) Conference Wednesday.
Al-Alousi called for stronger relations between Iraq and Israel and stronger cooperation between Iraq and Israel in fighting terror. He harshly condemned Iran, which he accused of meddling in Iraqi affairs.
Al Alousi is the sole representative of the Nation (Ummah) party, which got 0.3% of the vote. He is an outspoken proponent of democracy and supporter of the United States and Israel. He spoke at the ICT conference on two previous occasions. His visit in 2004 elicited harsh criticism in Iraq and several attacks were launched against them, including one that left his two sons dead.
Al Alousi has dual Iraqi-German citizenship, having lived in exile in Germany during the rule of Saddam Hussein. This makes it possible for him to travel to Israel.